Genre: lo-fi, indie pop
(real name [oddly]: Anton Ekman) is one of those unexpected
lo-fi treasures that one unearths without really expecting to.
Within these homemade pop creatures lives an infectious melodic
spirit and some surprising songwriting ingenuity, with Ekman culling
inspiration from sources like Belle & Sebastian, Modest Mouse, Arab
Strap. One glimpses solid pop hooks on lush "It Is About Time" and
prickly "Please Take the Train," the latter of which might have
benefited from a more varied guitar backbone. And "Little London"
and "Talent For Luck" exude personality and melody in droves. But
the record is ultimately a tad hit or miss, an understandable
characteristic given the fact that Ekman was a teenager when he
wrote it. Goofy "Pefdido" features some truly nice bits, but lacks
seriousness or structure, while "This Spring Is" delivers an utterly
elegant atmosphere but lacks melodic adhesion. Still, Ekman's
missteps show promise, and enough of these songs prosper - both
conceptually and pragmatically - to make Patchworks a
rewarding listen for lo-fi obsessives and casual pop listeners
alike. Ultimately, this journey through light, mellow pop music
proves to be one of the Series Two label's finer discoveries.
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by