Ten years ago, I would never have guessed that folk records would be in frequent rotation on my CD player. I'm not sure if it is a sign of getting older, or perhaps just musical maturity, but I've found myself obsessing over records from Sea Wolf, Tim Williams and now the sophomore effort from Patrick Park.
Everyone's In Everyone contains production work from some of the industry's finest, with Dave Trumfio (Wilco), Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith) and Chris Stamey (Whiskeytown) all twiddling the knobs on various tracks throughout the album. With that kind of talent, it is pretty obvious that the album is going to sound amazing, and it does.
Patrick Park's debut, Loneliness Knows My Name, brought plenty of critical praise but remained under the radar. With Everyone, we'll hopefully see the singer/songwriter get more well deserved attention. He has already gotten some media bites from the opening track, "Life Is A Song," but we'll get to that later. "Time For Moving On" adds a nice bit of country twang a la Ryan Adams And The Cardinals. The jangly acoustic guitar and harmonica solos are backed by gentle waves of pedal steel, with Park's vocals remaining front and center.
The song that first really caught my attention was "Here We Are," which for some reason brings to mind taking a road trip across the desert as you head west towards California. The plucking of a banjo meets up at the chorus, giving this track a cool blend of Simon & Garfunkel and Elliott Smith. There is a timeless quality to his songwriting, as this one could have appeared on AM radio back in the '60s.
With other noteworthy tracks such as "Arrive Like A Whisper" and "Pawn Song," Patrick Park is able to encompass the better qualities of fellow musicians Joseph Arthur and Ron Sexsmith in a mighty strong collection of tunes. If you like gimmick free, well written Americana, don't miss out on Everyone's In Everyone. Oh yeah, his "Life Is A Song" was also the last song on the final episode of The OC, but we won't hold that against him. Ya gots to pay the bills, so we understand.
"Here We Are"