Patrick Dethlefs started penning tunes at the age of fifteen, and while the songwriting on his debut, 2010's Stays the Same, showed a great deal of depth, his sophomore release, Fall & Rise, makes it even more apparent that he has talent beyond his years. Dethlefs has a warm delivery that recalls a young Jackson Browne filtered through Ray LaMontagne, and here his songs rise eloquently with the help of some friends — including, most notably, Paper Bird guitarist Paul Dehaven; one of that outfit's singers, Sarah Anderson; and Sarah's brother Mark, who primarily lays down mallets-on-tom beats throughout about half of the ten-song album while adding a country shuffle on songs like "Will I Ever Find Way" and "We Keep Going." Dethlefs is most definitely worth keeping a keen eye on, as his star is likely to continue rising.
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