Denver “folk & roll” songstress Esmé Patterson released her solo album All Princes, I November 20th to acclaim from NPR, American Songwriter, WXPN, Colorado Public Radio, Open Air, Westword, Reverb, and 5280. She’s now releasing her second video off the album for the song “The Swimmer,” shot by filmmaker Isaac Ravishankara at the Seattle Aquarium. Says Ravishankara about the video:
“Of course there is the obvious connection of the name ‘Swimmer’ and the lyrics regarding fish and the sea to the setting in which we shot. But to me, the context was much more about the tone of the environment matching Esme’s emotions in her subdued performance of the song. And in an aquarium, unlike our normal human interaction with sea creatures, there is a magical way in which the display juxtaposes swimming and flying in a way that reminded me of the song’s lyrics. From the shots of the sea lion, to the jelly fish, to the large school of static fish, and especially that ‘nest’ of fish over her head – I had the feeling we were finding something honest.”
The first video from All Princes I for “My Young Man,” was shot along the foothills and between and above the peaks of the Colorado Rocky Mountains by Colorado filmmaker/photographer Rett Rogers. Parts of the video were shot in a hot air balloon, and the video has a fittingly ethereal, floating quality.
Patterson is currently on an extensive national tour with the band she is a founding member of, Paper Bird. Paper Bird just released a single, “As I Am,” off their new album Rooms. Both Paper Bird and Patterson’s solo work were recently featured in the New York Times as part of a piece on the Lumineers and the vibrant Denver music scene. She will be making several appearances at this year’s SXSW and is available for interviews; check her out at the SXSW parties below:
Friday, March 15th at 8 PM: 4803 Prock Lane (house party)
Saturday, March 16th around sunset: 1118 Linden (house party)
After performing with Paper Bird in an exciting collaboration with the
Ballet Nouveau Colorado, “Carry On,” Patterson recently recorded a solo Daytrotter session in time to come back and play a CD release party Oct 20th with Ian Cooke at L2 Arts and Culture Center
Described by Patterson in an interview as “raw,” All Princes, I is greatly influenced by Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks and Feists’s Metals. Providing collaborations on the album are Nathaniel Rateliff, Roger Green (formerly of the Czars), Ben Desoto (Czars, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bare Bones), Genevieve Patterson and Sarah Anderson (Paper Bird), Carrie Beeder, Eric Moon, Mike Fitzmorris, Will Duncan, and many more.
Esmé Patterson’s single, “My Young Man,” was in Daytrotter’s top 30 (out of 200) in their big Best Songs of 2012 countdown. All Princes, I was also voted at #9 by listeners on Open Air’s top albums of 2012. The album was also included in Westword‘s Best Albums of 2012, was #4 in the KRFC radio host Scott Foley’s Favorite Colorado Music of 2012, and Esme won a slew of awards on TourVolume.com, including Best Albums of 2012, Musical Award for Bravery, and Lyrical Award for Bravery.
Patterson is an experienced performer, with appearances with various groups on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” and Anaïs Mitchell’s critically-acclaimed folk opera Hadestown.
Patterson is a founding member of the band Paper Bird, and has performed with them in venues like Red Rocks Amphitheater and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House. She lives in Denver and loves it very much.
Isaac Ravishankara is a director with Doomsday Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, California. He has worked with The Lumineers, Ellie Goulding, Titus Andronicus, Phantogram, amongst others. His work can be found at www.isaacravishankara.com. He is also the president of OMG Everywhere, a 501.c.3 non profit based in LA. (www.omgeverywhere.org).