“[All Princes, I is] a warm, organic-sounding album that splits the difference between indie pop, folk-rock and coffeehouse jazz.”
– American Songwriter
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 first video off the album for the song “My Young Man,” 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.
Rett Rogers is a photographer and filmmaker based in Denver Colorado. His inspiration in cinema is rooted in the poetic realm of the avant-garde, with filmmakers such as Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, and his mentor and friend Phil Solomon.
Patterson just returned from a tour with the Portland writer/musician whom NPR said creates “the kind of world that invites you to linger and, while you’re there, wonder at the mysterious beauty of it all,” Nick Jaina. The pair played stops in Oregon and Washington.
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.