Patrick McCormack | Fresh Paint

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Fresh Paint

by Patrick McCormack

This new EP from Chicago's Patrick McCormack combines the multi-instrumentalist's new-world influences with classic and pop structures. "Fresh Paint" features McCormack's praised layering of acoustic guitars, delicate piano work, and warming melodies.
Genre: Rock: Rock & Roll
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Black Friday
3:20 album only
2. Poinsettia
2:10 album only
3. Ovenbird
2:55 album only
4. Carry Me Home
3:37 album only
5. I Left My Name
2:09 album only
6. All Your Wit
2:24 album only
7. Fresh Paint
4:30 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
This EP was recorded in a studio, however, I originally set out to release a completely DIY product, by recording all my tracks in my apartment. Back in December of 2009, I received my first condenser mic and a phantom power usb interface. After looking through all my demos, about 5 song titles ended up in scribbles on the back side of a business envelope. I used these 5 tracks as the basis for an ideal EP I was to assemble before the end of February.

Throughout January and February, every ounce of free time I had was completely consumed by the home recording obsession. Any ideas I had were mapped out and recorded. I started to collect strange instruments so each song could have a unique personality. Amidst my chaotic storm of recording, I did manage to make final recordings of all the EP tracks

By the time February was over, I was looking at a 6 track EP, but one song was missing. Fresh Paint was one of the final six, yet the song had not been written yet. The words themselves had stood stubbornly in my head for quite a while, but no inspiration had come my way. In the time I spent searching for the meaning of that song, I started to put together a new song or two, and the EP track list started to change.

Like everything else, writers block is only temporary, and sure as a season changing, inspiration finds you eventually. The title track eventually came together. I printed 100 copies of the Fresh Paint EP first edition, all home recorded. After showing it around a bit, I decided these songs deserved a fidelity upgrade. I wanted to take my project to a real studio and publish a second edition.

My sessions at CarterCo began in the middle of April, and continued consistently until the middle of May. I am very proud to present these 7 tracks. Each one has a unique message, and established style, but you'll find an underlying theme throughout. There are no "filler" or "skip" tracks anywhere in sight. I have taken 7 songs from 25+ demos, therefor I stand behind each track with strong faith.

Music cannot be rushed, or looked at as a financial investment. A collection of songs should reflect a true collection of life experiences. I could never claim that I've recorded "good music" or "catchy songs." That is entirely up to the listener to decide. However, I can promise authenticity. Sometimes a full song appears out of thin air, and wont leave your head until you record it. These songs nearly wrote themselves. From my asthmatic lungs, to a mic I don't own, came expressions of a struggling young adult. Give each track a chance, and hopefully you can relate to something on the record. If you have anything to say, don't hesitate to email me:



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