Patrick Grant Takes Us On “A Sequence of Waves”
Multi-instrumentalist Patrick Grant makes an undeniably epic statement with his latest album A Sequence of Waves. This stirring 13 track voyage through cinematic sounds and palatial compositions, is a joy to delve into. Full of fantastic twists and turns, A Sequence Of Waves lives up to its title. As the mastermind behind the experimental electric guitar procession Tilted Axes Patrick Grant defies categorization. His compositions are weird and at times challenging, finding an intersection of rock and classical music that demands a fourth and fifth listen. Monolithic and surreal, Grant’s affinity for film is evident in his latest release written with utmost concern for how each song contributes to the album’s story. Grant’s use of interesting and diverse sounds and textures lends a free and even whimsical character to A Sequence of Waves, creating one of the year’s most captivating releases in the process.
A Sequence Of Waves is a collision of multiple sonic styles that come together perfectly to create one incredibly well formulated album. Tracks like “Seven Years At Sea”, “Lonely Ride At Coney Island” and “One Note Samba” show of Grant’s ability to incorporate electronic production alongside traditional instrumentation. Big brash tunes like “Firearms”, “Primary Blues” and “Breaking Butterflies On A Wheel” might remind listeners of Jam Bands like String Cheese Incident and the Disco Biscuits.
Following up on last year’s critically acclaimed album “Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars,” Grant’s new album contains thirteen tracks of musical iconography particular to his sonic style. Tracks like “Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms” and “Lonely Ride Coney Island” are twisted takes on American roots music mixed with classical tradition and electronic soundscapes. Almost every phrase is a musical meme. Elements of progressive rock and world music are in these tracks because, in addition to his classical training, Grant studied the Balinese gamelan abroad and performed for half a decade with The Orchestra of Crafty
Guitarists led by King Crimson’s Robert Fripp.