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Patrick stefan Shares ‘Head Voices’, the First Single from his Debut Album

May 19, 2022

Patrick stefan is an Irish-Dutch singer and wayfarer; born in Co. Clare now based in Dublin, he’s travelled & lived in different corners of the world from Scandinavia, Brazil to Africa. Inspiration for his songs come from a colourful background of experience: learning tribal songs in Mali, jazz guitar in Boston, folk singing in Helsinki and drumming in north Brazil. His songs have been compared in sound to Paul Simon, Jose Gonzalez, Sufjan Stevens, Nick Drake, James Blake, Milton Nascimento and Peter Broderick.  After much wayfare, Patrick Stefan is releasing his debut album of songs in September 2022.

Today, Patrick shares Head Voices, the first single from his debut album wayfare. The music video was shot in Paris, with the help of Lucy Shuyao Lü, directed & edited by Patrick stefan with post-production help from Cara Gaynor.

Official video (premieres at 12 noon, Thurs 19th May): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6eF1XOEzZdw

Bandcamp: https://patrickstefan.bandcamp.com/track/head-voices-3

Stream / Buy: https://ampl.ink/HeadVoices

Head Voices is written from the idea that big dreams gain power if you keep them to yourself and instead let them flow through your actions. “The idea took on a new meaning while journeying for four months; first in Brasil & then Mali, West Africa,” says Patrick.

“Eagerly wandering foreign shores, field recorder in hand, I was welcomed & granted privileges on account of my efforts to speak the local musical language. A one-hour guitar lesson could easily turn into a day of playing music and eating with the whole family. This brought me close to all sorts of characters and my mind would inevitably start comparing our fortunes, or Head Voices – those things we dream and say only to ourselves.

The song addresses the tension between my fortunes & ambitions and those of my hosts, featuring imagery and fragments of my interactions and (mis)-understandings.” Head Voices quotes west African melody and Brazilian rhythm, and in the music video shares scenes from this four-month voyage around the global south.

‘Head Voices’ is out now: https://ampl.ink/HeadVoices




Head Voices was recorded at Black Mountain studios and mixed by Alex Borwick

Percussion by Andre Antunes & Alessandra Azevedo

Cello & viola by Gabriele Dikciute & Philip Keegan

Written, arranged & all other instruments by Patrick stefan

Produced by Alex Borwick & Patrick stefan

Mastered by Darragh Nolan

Photos by Niamh Barry


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