Debuts ‘The Glow’ video at SPIN
Esme Patterson has released a new video for “The Glow” from her solo LP ‘Woman to Woman’ (out in 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings) premiered today by SPIN. Directed by Isaac Ravishankara, the video beautifully envisions the song’s powerful lyrics, which were written as a response to The Beach Boys’ agonized ballad “Caroline, No,” with Patterson playing the role of Caroline herself.
The former member of Americana group Paper Bird, Esmé has written 10 songs from the perspective of famous women immortalised in song on her conceptual album ‘Woman to Woman’, including singing from Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’s point of view on the track ‘Never Chase A Man’, ‘What Do You Call A Woman’ is a response to Michael Jackson’s – ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Valentine’ is the voice of Elvis Costello’s ‘Alison’. This is her second solo album and is to be released through Xtra Mile Recordings worldwide (ex. North America) on 2nd February 2015.
As Patterson explains “I was learning to play a Townes Van Zandt song called “Loretta” …and I started thinking about how many songs were just a woman’s name, and how these women are frozen in time, and frozen as archetypes, frozen in black and white. And I thought they deserved to be coloured in.” She was invited to discuss the idea before the record at the TEDx conference which you can see here:
Lead track ‘The Glow’ is a reply to the Beach Boys track ‘Caroline, No’ which appeared on the classic ‘Pet Sounds’ album and is described by the New York Times as thus: “Her voice is wiry and candid, backed by arrangements that roll along the folk-country borderline. Some songs proclaim self-determination and defiance; others, like ‘The Glow’ – imagining the Beach Boys’ Caroline – hint at mystery and mortality.” Listen for yourselves:
Patterson also appears on several tracks on the new Shakey Graves album, and performed with him last week on the Conan O’Brien show in the US. The song ‘Dearly Departed’ has been streamed nearly 3 million times to date and she has been supporting him on tour in the US. Patterson’s songwriting is at the heart of the folk and roll explosion in Denver, Colorado and since her emergence as a solo artist this fierce and brilliant songwriter’s altitude and velocity has only increased.
‘Woman To Woman’ Track listing:
(Corresponding popular songs each track responds to are listed in parentheses)
1. Valentine (Elvis Costello – ‘Alison’)
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’)
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt – ‘Loretta’)
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys – ‘Caroline, No’)
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band – ‘Evangeline’)
8. Bluebird (The Beatles – ‘Eleanor Rigby’)
9. A Dream (Leadbelly – ‘Goodnight Irene’)
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)