Thanks to Digital Earbuds for this great interview and premiering “Fore the Harvest Comes”. Read the full article here
Well vacation and work delayed this month’s release, but the wait is officially over. Head on over to Northwood Records to have a listen (or buy) “Fore the Harvest Comes”.
It started out a more traditional folk song but transformed during the recording process. It is now something very different…clearly eastern in its musical influence, with acoustic slide guitar and altered sitar loops at the forefront.
“A songwriter of breathtaking range, Ballantyne is one of those rare musical talents who is perfectly happy working behind the scenes to create songs that capture the hearts and imagination of music lovers, and hearing them interpreted or re-interpreted through the voices of others.”
Usually content to for others, and with others, Patrick released his debut self-titled album in 2008. Initially intended as “demo reel” to match artists with his songs, it found its own footing when Canadian music industry icon Ron Harwood placed it among one of his 5 best independent releases of the year. But, unlike his debut, his latest album, Days of Rain, contains songs that were written without the expectation that they would be adopted out.
Patrick explains, “The whole album came about because there had been a lot of loss in my circle of family and friends. There was all this heaviness going on and it influenced the record. That’s where the Days of Rain title came from. It was about trying to get through the dark to find the light. Even though there is loss, you have to remember all that’s worth living for. Essentially, that is the theme of the record … dealing with those struggles. Directing all that into music is how I deal with it.”
Sonically, the songs of Days of Rain are influenced by Motown, the Beatles, Pink Floyd and classic “singer-songwriters”. Lyrically, however, the themes of loss and renewal make clear that Ballantyne is channeling ‘Soul Music’.
Ballantyne produced the album alongside Windsor-based producer Mark Plancke, and played all the instruments on Days of Rain excluding drums, which were played by Windsor percussionist Christian Bonk.
Ballantyne will play some select dates in the coming months, while continuing to write whenever he can with long-time collaborators and some new artists. Patrick explains, “I love co-writing…one never knows what will emerge. Writing is what I do most naturally…but every now and again I need to get on stage…to reference John Lee Hooker…it’s in me, it’s got to come out!”