SoundBytes: Patrick Ames Wants You

The opening track off of offbeat troubadour Patrick Ames’s new EP – All I Do is Bleed – is equal parts Daniel Johnston, Tom Waits, and David Byrne. The track is called “I Want You” and it’s a song of love, longing, lust, and a bunch of other “L” words too, I’m sure. At times, the yearning in Ames’s voice feels almost stalkerish in its pining and pain. At others, it feels loving and caring, but still with a tinge of something a bit off. Perhaps it’s just his vocal style, but the offbeat nature of the song leads to a subtle uneasiness that really works for the song.

The EP is out now and can be streamed in full on Spotify, but it’s the lead off track that really resonates with this music reviewer and appreciator. It never feels quite what you’d expect in a love song, whether due simply to Ames’s unique vocal style or due to something else. And, because it never feels quite right, it somehow feels just right… especially if you’re finding yourself in one of those moods where top 40 pop just won’t do.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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