William Patrick Owen | first person singular
William Patrick Owen draws on a rich heritage of 60s style fingerpicking folk guitarists like Nick Drake and Bert Jansch and applies to it an updated dreamy melancholy, creating introspective soundscapes with a deeply psychological lyricism.
“This is an erudite work that really deserves to be heard on vinyl, in a darkened room; just you & your William Patrick Owen epiphany.” – Get to the Chorus
“William Patrick Owen’s acoustic mind-set to such deep meaningful matters is quite different to what is out there at the moment. I feel many will be able to relate with his music, I admire the boldness of some of the lyrics and the album has a sense of free speech, at times it is shocking but leaves you wanting more. It is music that begs to be listened to carefully.” – Stereojam
“Folk artist William Patrick Owen’s music is strongly based on stunningly dreamy and melancholic soundscapes and deepening lyricism” – UMA Music
Sounds like: Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley, early Genesis, Elliot Smith, Sufjan Stevens, James Blackshaw, Six Organs of Admittance
Debut album ‘first person singular’ charts the course of the regressive self from incipient euphoria to wilted self-acceptance. It lingers in a hangover haze of introspection coursing through themes as broad as identity, queer love and anxiety, and settling into its own distinct quotidian daydream.
It opens with the flickering strums and raucous vocals of ‘Settle Down’, soothes with the longing of ‘Lilac Thunder’, internalises with the guilt-ridden ‘Homme Fatale’, and mellows to a naturalistic hum on ‘Dionysus and Apollo’.