Pat Lok’s “Corazon” EP Drips With Modern Magic Out Now On Kitsuné Musique.
In today’s uber-instantaneous culture, the art of story-telling can be lacking and at times completely absent from art, especially in music. With all of the technology at our disposal making hit tracks can become somewhat formulaic and even rigid at times. So when an artist decides to commit to creating a narrative that really pushes the boundaries of their sound and portrays their artistic vision, it’s important to appreciate that personal investment. Pat Lok is one such artist who has poured his heart and soul into his art and created something completely singular.
With the release of his latest Corazon EP on via Kitsuné Musique, Pat Lok has crafted something that is both fiction and cautionary tale, revolving around a relationship that takes place over only 36 hours. However, what makes Corazon such an appealing piece of work is its distinctly relatable voice of youthful, melancholic curiosity. The EP’s sound is derived from our contemporary desire to yearn for personal relationships beyond fleeting and transient moments that are time-stamped and catalogued.
The opening song “Don’t Think” featuring Tom Aspaul, is a glossy first salvo that announces the EPs groovy R&B rooted soul, harking back to the dulcet vibes of Craig David. “Late.Nite” is a saucy instrumental that combines future bass, hip-hop and funk to create a sexy interlude before the EP dives back into its romantic narrative. “Fearless” is an effervescent tune that pops and sizzles with uplifting piano licks and warm synths. However, on a deeper listen to the lyrics, which are beautifully sung by Luke Burr and some absolute bombshell supporting vocalists, the listener is invited into a familiar world of love, honesty and self-growth. The beautiful message of “Fearless” is only matched by its otherworldly musicianship.
As we continued to voyage through Corazon, we had to make a double take when it came to the track “Know Me” and check the feature. Songstress Kate Stewart has the angelic timbre and vocal intrigue of Aluna Francis the frontwoman of global dance music icon AlunaGeorge. The party pops off with Dances With White Girl as he brings his trademark irreverence to the dance-happy track “From The Back” which also features Party Pupils. “Lite Feet” maintains Pat Lok’s synthy vocal-driven style but also incorporates elements of twp-step to create another well-curated interlude. Corazon concludes with the most debonair track on the entire EP. “So Over It” brings the love affair of our fictional couple to a sumptuous end. Diabolically infectious keystrokes take center stage alongside Hannah Yadi’s vocals to bring the 7-track offering to a phenomenal close.