Independent ArtistSingle Review

Russell Patterson – Right Name

Sometimes in life, we’re forced to fight our battles alone. Those fights take on different forms for each one of us – and sometimes it’s a tooth’n’nail scrap to be recognised as who we want to be. Russell Patterson has captured the after-effects of that process in sonic form, within his May 2020 release of Right Name.

Beautifully intimate, this song really is a stripped back affair, with a finger-picked electric guitar, a gorgeous pedal steel part (that hauntingly harks back to Hotel California at points). But the real scene-stealer of this piece is the vocal, and particularly the lyrics. Unencumbered by masses of production and instrumentation, the narrator of the piece expresses brutally pointed wishes to be called by their rightfully earned name, after rising above the challenges served by life itself.

Instrumentally, it would have been good to hear the song take it up a notch with a drum part – but Right Name is a gripping listen even without it. Beautifully brutal, and stunningly simple, this is four and a half minutes you will not regret.

You can listen to Right Name on your chosen platform of choice, and find out more about Russell Patterson on his Bandcamp page.

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Ed Eator

A lover of anything with a decent beat and a poignant lyrics, Ed's always been a big fan of the local music scene in London and the Home Counties. From rap to reggae; punk to pop, Ed'll listen to it all. After playing in a couple of smalltime bands, Ed realised that his passion lay in listening to new music and promoting other musicians on the scene. If you'd like Ed to listen to your new or upcoming release, drop him an email at admin@tempotempo.net.

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