Halifax musician Patrick McCallion has collaborated with top producer David M Allen for his first solo single Voices which is released today.
The track which Patrick describes as a convergence of his acoustic career and the music of his band Small Words, is the first of several he will release this year thanks to financial backing by his friends and fans following an online Kickstarter campaign.
“I am so grateful to everyone who backed the campaign. We reached our target in just 10 days,” he said.
Patrick, who has just finished a music degree, recorded the songs in Brighton with Allen who was behind many hits with bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nenah Cherry, Sisters of Mercy and more. The pair then finished the job at the Mytholmroyd studios of producer Steve Gligorovic who has worked with Patrick over a number of years.
“It was a brilliant experience. The great thing about Dave is that he likes to fill his studio with creative people which is how I like to work.”
As the main singer/songwriter in Small Words, Patrick McCallion already has a growing reputation with fans of gritty social conscience infused indie-pop.
Previous releases such as the energetic Light Entertainment and the wonderfully catchy Neat Little Package marks out Patrick as a songwriter and performer to keep an eye on.
Voices is a gentler, more melodic, maybe even sentimental commentary on love.
As fans have come to expect Patrick’s lyrics are intelligent and well thought out and the music has a raw production with the keys and guitars left to speak for themselves.
It is also matched up with a wonderful silent movie backdrop on YouTube which was chosen by Patrick and which enhances the mood and sentiment of the song.
With the dates for the The Unplugged UK Tour to be released soon and more singles to come, 2016 is going to be quite a year for Patrick McCallion.
Listen to Patrick’s track Voices on YouTube or on the Courier website. The song is for sale on all the usual platforms.