Patricians Come Down Crafts a Cathartic Masterpiece
Patricians Come Down is an enigmatic project spearheaded by Alex Stone, and it is not for the faint of heart. On 'Regressing Forward', his latest EP released under the "Patricians" name, Stone crafts a bold sound that contains hints of noise, post punk, post hardcore, emo, and even hip hop, with incredibly heartfelt lyrics and intense vocal delivery. If you’re used to thinking of music in terms of key, melody, and harmony, this EP is not for you. If the lack of those things intrigues you, however, you’re likely to absolutely fall in love with this release.
Immediately, from the first few bars of “Attention Declared Hyperactive Order”, you’re engulfed in an emotional and ethereal soundscape with a beautiful atonal chord progression, hip hop beats, a catchy, chant-along chorus, and even a funky bass break, all the while confronted with themes of social alienation and teen angst. It’s an opener that summarizes the key points of this release perfectly.
Any good piece of art conveys emotion, right? That’s exactly what the next track “Yeah, Same” aims to evoke in the listener. It’s an absolutely gorgeous track featuring beautiful guitar layers with a chorus that’s both melancholic and anthemic. By the end of the song you may find yourself screaming along in unison with Alex, “Alone and delirious, I don't like feeling this I've got razors on my nightstand It's gotten pretty serious Oh my brother, can you hear me? My brother, can you read me? Oh can you get the chorus down? Alright, man, I'll repeat it
“I’ve Made My Bed, But I Chose to Sleep On the Floor”, another emotional and thought-provoking track, brings this concise, yet mind-blowing release to a close. It is sure to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions and shower you with catharsis.
You can find Regressing Forward on Spotify.