Minimalist equipment and arrangement yields a massive result for the captivating singer and guitar player
Cai Trefor
13:40 12th February 2019

Los Angeles-based lo-fi folk singer Field Medic, real name Kevin Patrick, has unleashed the video to single 'henna tattoo' as excitement builds for his new album fade into the dawn, out 19 April.

It's an addictive, lean, neatly-crafted song featuring a voice up there with the likes of Okkervil River. His voice and guitar is backed by his boom box drum machine and it's recorded on a 4-track tape recorder. The video has a suitably lo-fi handmade feel.

It takes a serious talent for an acoustic guitar-based singer songwriter project to cut through in 2019, so it's props to Field Music's transcendent musical ability to cut through the noise, earn acclaim from the likes of The Neightbourhood's Jesse Rutherford (The video to his single 'uuu' from the Songs From the Sunroom album features a cameo from Rutherford); get signed to Primary Talent in the UK, and get a record deal with hip Boston label Run For Cover Records. The label helped launch the career of (Sandy) Alex G), Pinegrove with early releases.

The cut streaming above is "about being afraid to speak up for fear of what the truth might be," says Patrick. "So instead you remain in a state of unease & anxiety, because at least perpetual uncertainty isn't as bad as the imagined worst case scenario."

A palpable vulnerability runs through the vocals and simple yet affecting chord progression.

A press release has shared insight as to what the album feels like as a whole: "The new album features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realising any hard-won dream. "

fade into the dawn tracklist. Pre-order the album here.

1. used 2 be a romantic
2. i was wrong
3. this bottle's my lover, she's just my friend
4. henna tattoo
5. hello moon
6. tournament horseshoe
7. songs r worthless now
8. mood ring baby
9. everyday'z 2moro

10. helps me forget...

Photo: Press