Patrick Park's We Fall out of Touch is DIY with a vengeance but presciently correct for its milieu, which is what might be termed 'semi-operatic folk'. Just him singing, playing mostly guitar and then some bass and piano, with Luke Adams tossing in occasional percussion, the CD is an affecting sextet of sensitive mournful songs regarding relationships, all based in slow sonorities allowing arid ambiences to stretch out in fogs, dust, and ringing distances. The House is Burning Down multi-tracks him in a backing chorus that beefs up the impression he's playing in a darkened cathedral as evening falls into night. The closing droney In Our Sunday Clothes throws opens that church's wide doors to let in fading rays of sunlight, as though some sort of resolve was reached and the narrator is ready to face the world again after long deep thought. Park's release schedule has been a tad fitful, kinda reflecting the economy it seems, with a debut EP in 2003, a full length disc in 2007, another in 2010, with apparently one more of undetermined length in between (the promo lit's a bit hazy here, jumps all over the place), and now another EP at the tail end of 2013. That's the fate of far too many musicians nowadays but he has, in the meantime, toured with some surprisingly high profile acts: Liz Phair, Beth Orton, Shelby Lynne, Supergrass, etc. An Angelino, at least for the time being, Park favors the desert for its earthy solitude, so it's not surprising that there's a lot of Tim Hardin, Leigh Gregory, a weary Duncan Browne, and the kind of celestial wistfulness that October Project and Innocence Mission were so damned adept at invoking in his work, here, of course, less fulsome but still quite convincing. He certainly knows how to weave hypnotic atmospheres, and that elongated way he has with his voice is indeed, as said, mindful of opera brought down to a laconic minstrel's level with a good deal of artfulness and palpability.
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