Review: Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 22, 2015

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Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves

(Self-release – out 27th April)

Anyone looking for a new ‘guitar hero’ in the rock and blues world could do a lot worse than check out this latest release from South African musician, Dan Patlansky. He’s been recording for ten years and “Dear Silence Thieves” is his seventh release, and it is a 10-track set that is completely self-penned by the man himself, with two co-writes.

This UK release for the album seems certain to raise his profile on these shores for his mix of finely-crafted rock, blues and funk. Apart from Patlansky himself on guitar and vocals, the band comprise of Clint Falconer (bass) and Andy Maritz (drums), with additional string arrangements and keyboard from Theo Crous- who also produced the album.

The emphasis on a lot of  the tracks is groove as opposed to excess, and the album is all the better for that – indeed it kicks off in explosive fashion with the dynamite “Backbite”, which rides on a superb guitar and keyboard treat – a great start indeed! The following “Pop Collar Jockey” slows the pace a little, but contains fine work from all concerned; the rocking “Fetch Your Spade” has a thunderous riff from Patlansky, but with a beautiful string-laden chorus and hook.

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“Taking Chances” is a lovely bluesy shuffle, with more impressive soloing from Patlansky and the driving rhythm section of Falconer and Maritz. The lovely folky “Windmills And The Sea” features some delicate acoustic playing and the storytelling aspect in the writing.

The slow blues of “Your War” has a slight nod to the late Gary Moore’s playing with some mighty fine guitar work. The funk returns for the cracking “Feels Like Home”, with another telling contribution from the keyboards of Theo Crous, and some spectacular bass from Clint Falconer.

Definitely a new name to check out, and “Dear Silence Thieves” comes highly recommended!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.danpatlansky.com

(Band pic: Justin Dallas)

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