PATRICK JAMES RETURNS WITH ELECTRIFYING NEW SINGLE LAY IT DOWN ALONG WITH HIS ONLY SYDNEY & MELBOURNE DATES FOR 2017
Sydney song-smith Patrick James has taken an adventurous turn with the release of new single Lay It Down; an electrifying pop song with elevated synths, infectious guitars and a heated dose of Phil Collin's inspired percussion.
To celebrate the release of Lay It Down, Patrick James will be playing two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne through September.
Lay It Down is the first new music Australia has heard from Patrick James since his gorgeous debut album Outlier featuring crowd pleasers California Song, Bugs and Covered In Rain.
The creative process for Lay It Down was unfamiliar territory for Patrick, where he utilised a lot of sounds and instruments to create something that was new but still recognizably Patrick James.
"Throughout the entire writing and recording of the song I didn't pick up the acoustic guitar once, which was strange at first but ultimately gave a new feel and vibe to the music. It's bigger and bolder ," said Patrick.
This new sound was reached with the help of acclaimed producer Ben McCarthy (Gordi, Alex The Astronaut) who brought harmonized influences to the table.
"I specifically remember an early conversation with Ben where we were both edging towards, 'man, there just has to be a Phil Collins roto tom drums!'," said Patrick.
That shared Phil Collins influence definitely made it into Lay It Down, but there are more contemporary touches as well.
"Lay It Down was a song that came from a drum loop that I had going, inspired heavily by the likes of Bruce Hornsby, Phill Collins and more contemporary acts like HAIM," said Patrick.
"Patrick James follows a well-established formula of instrumental builds and breaks, but has the remarkable ability to make it sound fresh. Yes, there are spectacular harmonies, but purely describing Patrick James as an 'indie folk artist' doesn't quite do him or his music justice."
Gemma Bastiani, The AU Review