Boats (aka Blake Patterson) began gaining attention after he released his first single 'Spider's Souls' in the second half of last year. Blake went on a trip to Barcelona and Helsinki with the main purpose of finding inspiration to influence his writing. Upon return from his trip, he began working with Joshua Delaney (Rat & Co, SMILE), who also produced the EP.
Release opens up with the first track 'Intro'. The opener is the prelude to the EP. This track contains the intermittent sounds of a saxophone as well as dissonant guitars. Overall, it evokes feelings that something bad is about to happen - almost like the calm before the storm. This darkness subsides during the next track with 'Spider Souls' displaying a more positive attitude. Blake sings words exhibiting excitement for the future and his desire of wanting something new.
The third track, 'Shallows' continues the sense of hope from the previous track. During this track, it's the strumming of his guitar which becomes the focus - his vocals remain gliding in the background. Here we get to see Blake's folk influences take centre stage. 'Rabbits' opens up with the strumming of his guitar. The eeriness of the intro seems to have an influence on the this track with deep whirs bringing a degree of darkness to the over aura of the song. This darkness subsides for a moment when the electronic beat kicks in half way.
The next track 'That's The Way' is the only track on the EP to feature to use of a live drum kit. Blake fuses the drums with rim clicks and heightening electronic sounds. The final track 'Hold The Knife' maintains the ethereal tones he has incorporated throughout the entire EP. This track also contains layered harmonies which are soothing to the ear.
Release will give you moments where you're covered in goosebumps. His music possesses a quality that makes it hauntingly beautiful. The EP will capture you and take you on a tranquil journey. When you get to the end, you can't help but want more.
Listen to Boats' EP Release below.
Written by Amy Smolcic