“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou
When listening to the new single ‘It’s Not Over Until They Cry’ by AK Patterson, these words of Maya Angelou’s stick in my brain. The opening guitar strums remind me of ‘Winter Lady’ by Leonard Cohen and throughout I am reminded of it, along with Flyte’s ‘Orphans Of The Storm’. This song is every bit as emotive. Singer Alex Patterson says about their song: “[it] is about being a performer, the pressures of having to deliver something emotional and moving every time, but also the desire to do so. It’s also about why people or an audience are drawn to dark melancholic things.” When singing, her voice brings unpredictability and ferocity as she explores the extent of her range and feelings. This gives to the overall dramatic effect, aided strongly by the erratic strings. The enchanting music video brings her haunting lyrics to life, visualising the innermost workings of her brain.
Born in a suburban Cambridge household, the sounds of AK Patterson stretch far across the globe, drawing influences from Portuguese Fado singers, Japanese monks and Senegalese Griot music. They have already released two songs, ‘Shadows’ and ‘Lady Greyline’, and will continue to release one song a month in the run up to the release of their debut EP, ‘Shadows‘, due out August 15.
20 July SALISBURY Larmer Tree Festival http://larmertreefestival.co.uk/buy-tickets/
14 August CAMBRIDGE Cambridge Folk Festival https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival/tickets
27 August KETTERING Green Belt Festival