Patrick Galactic is like a shadowed spaceship hovering the earth. With yellow spotlights inspecting animal, vegetable and mineral, Galactic tirelessly works to understand the world - indeed, the worlds - around him with each passing moment. The Seattle-based musician’s latest EP, No Future To Fear, is emblematic of this constant, harried search for meaning. It begins with fear and ends, quicker than one would hope, in the relief that every living thing shares.
With a rich and full voice pulled tight with trepidation, Galactic sings on No Future To Fear about time, abandonment and demise. But it is all with a sense of knowing that everything shares the same blanketed fate that the songwriter explores and sifts through these dramatic themes - for the only way to see yourself is to look in the mirror and squint a little bit to endure.
Galactic has earned praise for his work from Artist Home, Nada Mucho, The Sun Break and The Big Takeover. His is a wide audience ranging from pop fans to rock, electronic and the psychedelic. In his work, he fuses micro aspects of each to form his formidable and powerful sonics. Think: Kurt Vile meets RJD2. And while the record may startle and surprise, it culminates with a kind thought: there is no future to fear if we all share the same conclusion.
This brilliant push and pull highlights the dangerous jazz below the song’s surface, the trembling psychedelia that gives rise to our predatory nature. It is a refreshing and, at times hilarious, glimpse into the fractured mind, and it all works to make Patrick Galactic a full-fledged and endearing human.”
I’ve been a fan of space-folk troubadour Patrick Galactic since hearing his great 2016 EP, Running from the Sun. Galactic’s songs split the difference between Americana, glacial electronic music, and melodic psychedelia–Gram Parsons as Major Tom, in a space ship shuddering during reentry. It’s a sound flush with warmth, even as it’s imbued with an undercurrent of haunted expansiveness.
It takes a special kind of courage to go full-on, heart-on-sleeve sincere amidst an art form that traffics in detached cool, and that total commitment gives the songs on this lovely grower of an EP their quiet power.
Running from the Sun is an ambitious, well-arranged outing, applying the kind of sonic tinkering bands bring to a double album to a brief 17 minutes.