Dan Patlansky - Dear Silence Thieves
This album by Dan Patlansky was nominated as Blues Rock Review's number one Blues Rock Album of the year. Considering he was up against the likes of Bonamassa and Rival Sons, that's no mean feat.
Patlansky, a singer, songwriter and guitarist from South Africa, releases Dear Silence Thieves in the UK on Monday 27th April with a launch gig at the Borderline in London the same night.
The album kicks off with Backbite, which has a riff and a guitar tone that the Red Hot Chilli Peppers would kill for. It's Blues Rock with some soul funk .. a very cool groove.
I was playing this album in the car on a sunny spring evening - Pop Collar Jockey and Fetch Your Spade - came blasting out through the speakers next and I soon found myself nodding along and playing along by playing the drums on my steering wheel.
I mentioned 'Groove' before - that's something that Patlansky has in bucket loads.. he's not one for guitar histrionics. His Strat sound and whole technique is based around feel, not showing off for the sake of it.
My standout track is Hold On - which is at the blues end of the spectrum, but all the tracks are good. Windmills and the Sea has an acoustic backbone and is one of those songs that gets straight into your head and you feel that you must have heard it years ago where as Madison Lane, is a perfect, windows down, sunny evening sing along song.
If you've never heard Dan Patlansky and you're a fan of Joe Bonamassa or John Mayer, then give Dan a go, you won't be disapointed