prattle on, rick. doesn’t feel quite at home in the 21st century. In the 2012 EP Songs of Our Fathers, singer-songwriter Patrick Rickelton sought to reconcile the wisdom of the past with the ethics of a rapidly changing modern world, leveling an outsider’s gaze on the age of smart phones, wall posts, and avatars: I’m trying to remember simpler times / I‘m tangling in your wireless lines / I can only speak one word at a time / Would you look me in the eye – and listen?
prattle on, rick. is Nashville singer-songwriter and North Carolina native Patrick Rickelton and his revolving door of collaborators. Inspired by the musical spontaneity and impressionist poetry of early Van Morrison records, prattle on, rick. leans away from contemporary sounds, favoring instead more classic textures – acoustic guitar, piano, cello, horns, an array of simple percussion, and trademark harmonies. And no irony or sarcasm here – just beautiful, timeless language delivered with passion and honesty. The latest release, Some Quiet Majesty, finds no shame in sentimentality, fully embracing both the abiding wonder and inevitable heartache of fatherhood.
On his debut EP, Communion Bread, released in 2010, Rickelton dealt unapologetically with adulthood, capturing the sound and feeling of adolescence at an end. The result – a classic collection of modern-day psalms, proverbs, and lamentations.
But 2012’s Songs of Our Fathers offered encouragement from the other side of the bitterness, even in the midst of an unfamiliar generation: Since I can’t recall the time I saw it all so clear / and reasoned everybody else would love what I held dear / I will start again, I’ll start again. Because in the music of prattle on, rick. there is always redemption to be found.