EVERYTHING, NOTHING. // Amelie Patterson
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Bow Valley folk-pop songwriter Amelie Patterson is a pop music workhorse with hooks to spare.
Her new single, the sparkly and harmonic alt-pop ‘Everything, Nothing’ is about the contrasting ideal that love is both “uniquely your own experience, and yet so ubiquitous”. Amelie penned the song while reflecting on new life and while falling in love in her personal life. Produced by Graham Lessard (Reuben and The Dark, The Barr brothers, Basia Bulat, Timbre Timbre). Lessard and Patterson (along with session players Barry Mason, Kyle Tenove, and Carson Gant) recorded all organic instruments but produced them with electronic sensibilities. The result is harmonic vocals soaring over pulsing rhythms and glitchy guitars. The song builds into a hopeful and heartbreaking bridge ‘and though it is ours, it is through the ages the same’. Moments of levity interrupt the cerebral track with vocal modulation and soaring chorus worthy of Imogen Heap.
‘Everything Nothing’ is the latest drop from her newest concept-driven studio project, The Playlist. Rather than recording and releasing all at once, The Playlist is a stream of rolling singles, traversing the emotional, lyrical, and genre spectrum. Whatever captures Amelie’s creative imagination is harnessed and brought into the world in a living and breathing series of songs. The first three tracks from the project have already received critical acclaim including winning Alternative Recording Of The Year from the YYC Music Awards in 2020 for ‘The Patient Kind.’ Her debut album Roll Honey Roll received Alternative Recording of The Year in 2017.
Amelie has performed alongside Sarah Harmer, Matt Anderson, and Serena Ryder, and has performed at festivals including the Calgary Folk Festival, BlockHeater 2020, and Stampede City Sessions. Amelie is a songwriting tour de force drawing heavy comparisons to indie-folk contemporaries including Arcade Fire, Kathleen Edwards, Begonia, and Feist. Patterson served as the inaugural poet laureate of Banff, Alberta.
“Canadian singer-songwriter Amelie Patterson is one of music’s most exciting artists.”
- Pop Culturalist, 2019
“This combination of high energy and edgy cool will be familiar to fans of Gin Wigmore, while Patterson stays close to her core indulgences of roots and Americana. The result is an energetic party song with a driving pulse, that extends the complex sensibility of Patterson’s aesthetic into the uncharted waters of electro pop and indie electronic. The Patient Kind is a vibrant exploration of the no-stress attitude that could belong to anyone with an instinct for self-satisfaction."
- ChillFiltr, 2019
“Every cliché you can think of when listening to music that simply feeds your soul came to mind; “chills up my spine,” “gives me goose bumps,” “foot-tapping, head bopping.” Patterson’s music ticks all the boxes of what constitutes as a good tune and her innovation in song writing is possibly unmatched.”
- Alana MacLeod, RM Outlook 2019
“#cfmf16 up and comer Amelie Patterson was a highlight of my festival this year, watch out for this girl!”
- John Abraham, Delirium SPB
"Patterson’s vocals are bluesy and the beat is sexy, what more do you need?"
- Hype Machine, 2019