Track Review: Patch & the Giant, ‘Flowers’
UK alternative-folk band Patch & The Giant shine on “Flowers,” the promo single from their debut album, All That We Had, We Stole.
Remember the name: Patch & The Giant. Who? Patch & The Giant are an up-and-coming folk band from the UK, dropping their full-length debut album, All That We Had, We Stole (February 10). Prior to their full-length LP, the band released an EP in 2013, The Boatswain’s Refuge. “Love and War” served as the most popular, heralded song from that five-track effort. Ahead of All That We Had, We Stole, the alt-folk collective issued three songs, including promo single “Flowers.” “Flowers” doesn’t disappoint in the least.
The radiant single is more minimal than maximal, at least initially. Accompaniment is provided by guitar (electric and acoustic) with underlying bass. While bare bones, it is sufficient – perfectly suited for the vibe the band looks to establish. Lead vocalist Luke Owens delivers terrific vocals that pack punch in the most overt and tender moments. Safe to say, Owens’ performance is incredibly convincing.
After the initial quietness of the first verse, the chorus adds a dash of accordion – a thoughtful, prudent addition. This spices things up, and also foreshadows the “explosion” that occurs later. Beyond the first chorus after the second verse, the second chorus adds strings. The effect is increasing the energy and sheer emotion. Where the verses conveyed emotion without the need for excess instrumentation, the chorus provides separation, making “Flowers” truly hit home.
Pummeling drums arrive, for the first time, further intensifying the mood. Owens’ vocals shift from being composed to raucous, matching the newfound punch of “Flowers” itself. Mostly instrumental to the end, Patch & the Giant flex their elite musicianship and undeniable knack for the folk music idiom.
How does “Flowers” stack up? Ultimately, it is a well-written, superbly performed song. Patch & The Giant may not be household names, but perhaps they should be. All That We Had, We Stole should be a treat.