The debut release from Kevin Richard's (Motheater) new label, Maybe Waltz EP is a compilation of Patrick Porter's earlier recordings. Recorded in a disheveled apartment in Schenectady, New York, the songs recall the work of Nick Drake with their hushed beauty, and conjure a less angsty Elliott Smith as Porter casts off all pretensions and bares his psyche with sometimes startling clarity. The recordings themselves are on the higher end of the lo-fi spectrum, which ultimately serves to reinforce the emotional authenticity of each track. Lyrically, Porter turns clever phrases couched in an almost '70s lounge idiom. Like many other notable musicians from the area, he's more well-known outside of Denver. Hopefully, this short release of quietly gorgeous music will garner him the attention he so deserves at home.
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