Patrick Doyle, formerly of Veronica Falls, was preparing to release his second solo album when he sadly passed away in March 2018. He was living in Los Angeles at the time, having relocated from London, and was working alongside close friend Helen Skinner to create an album of the charming, melodic indie pop that he made sound so easy. That album, titled Keeping Up Appearances, will now be released posthumously in January and is today preceded by new song "Constant Attention."
Doyle released music under many names (his solo debut was as Boys Forever, the final album will be under Basic Plumbing) but his love of sunny, bittersweet melodies remained steadfast. "Constant Attention" is no different. Recorded alongside the rest of the album in 2017, the song marries complicated lyrical ideas about happiness and co-dependence with the scuzzy guitars and catchy hooks that once led friend of Doyle's compare his music to “a gay indie Nirvana.”
"Constant Attention" will feature on Keeping Up Appearances alongside the previously released "As You Disappear," which Doyle shared in February last year.
"I’m so pleased Patrick’s family, friends and fans will be able to hear the Basic Plumbing album," Helen Skinner said in a statement. "I loved playing on it and feel like it’s Patrick’s best work. It’s good to know there’ll be more of him out there for to people to discover and love. He is very much missed. Love you Patrick.”
Keeping Up Appearances is released on January 24 and is available to pre-order now. Proceeds from the album will be donated to L.A.’s LGBT Centre and C.A.L.M. A limited number of pre-order bundles include a reprint of Patrick’s photography book MAX which was obtained by The Whitney Museum Of Art for their collection.