Patrick Grant Re-Releases Fields Amaze & Other Strange Music
Composer Patrick Grant re-releases his first album Fields Amaze on his label Peppergreen Media available October 1. This remixed and remastered release also contains bonus material.
In 1997, Grant put together an ensemble of talented musicians to perform the new repertoire he’d been writing. The result was his first album Fields Amaze. It was recorded at composer Philip Glass’ Looking Glass Studio and released on Grant’s own label Strange Music in 1998.
There are odes to horror film soundtracks that cover musical memes of 60s and 70s cinema, from creepy harpsichords to organ-based psychedelic rock, and everything in-between. There are explorations of the ambulatory modulations of French Impressionism and 12-tone music that is constructed to fool your ear, an angular pop song that kaleidoscopically explodes the meaning of its lyrics through the abuse of a thesaurus, and then there are different kinds of guitars: rock guitar, classical guitar, noise guitar, guitar as signifier.
Through it all Grant’s unique ability to find a through-line in what sounds like chaos is clearly stated and tuned into the wider tastes of today’s listening audiences.
Fields Amaze complements Grant’s most recent albums, “Tilted Axes” (2016) and “A Sequence of Waves” (2017) in its embrace of different instrumental styles and blending them into a singular sound. Fields Amaze marks the moment when and where Grant gathered all of his influences and training – as a classical composer, a punk rock musician, a gamelan player, and a studious pop culture fan – in defiance of eclecticism and the splintering of musical styles.
Patrick Grant is a Detroit-born composer/performer living in New York City and creates music for a wide range of media. In the late-80s he studied at the Juilliard School and moved into the 90s working on the production team for composer John Cage and producing his first recordings at the studios of Philip Glass.