When asked about the recording of Only Patterns, Jersey City based singer-songwriter Jasper X makes it perfectly clear that it accidentally became a folk album. Originally, there were plans for more electric guitars, synths, and effects, much like his previous effort, Cameras and Paragons. But the simplicity and compact nature of the songs drove the recording process towards a more minimalist approach. The core acoustic guitar progressions could hold on their own. There was no need for embellishment or striving for some sort of grandiose production. It needed to be raw, pure, and spontaneous during the recording session.
After three full days of recording at Gradwell House (Haddon Heights, NJ), and using no more than 10 tracks per song, Only Patterns would end up as a 21-minute alternative folk record in its final form.
The record’s highlights include the title track, which discusses dealing with the drug addiction of a significant other. Songs like “Fortunes” and “Whirl Music” explore the ins and outs of relationships, while “Cobblestones” offers a take on frequent chaotic nights in New York City.
released February 10, 2015
Music and Lyrics by Jasper X. Produced by Dave Downham.
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