Trent Reznor Dave Grohl, and Billy Corgan all have something in common, in my mind. They all play a very big role in the instrumentation and production aspects of their respective bands. It’s a very daunting task to wear multiple hats when composing an album. Inky Ovine, the third EP from Nashville native, Jas Patrick embodies that same spirit.
Patrick recorded every instrument on the EP, with the exception of the bass and steel-pedal guitars. Recorded in the spare bedroom of his own apartment, the EP gives off a gritty feel. You can truly hear the toll that it took on him over the years of recording (his last release was 2012’s Tributaries EP).
If you listen to the EP as a whole, you can see that instrumentally, the album is very rich, often switching between styles of blues and jazz. One of the strengths of the EP are that the songs are given room to breathe. The average length of each song is about five minutes, but they don’t come across as sounding too long. It’s almost like a jam record that can be done in an open mic setting.
“Harpy” is an upbeat, country-laden track, the most aggressive on the entire EP. “Little Big” is a ballad that brings out all the bells and whistles, including several world influences. It’s an impressive feat considering this is coming from mostly one person. The title track has a bit of a reggae vibe that serves as a pleasant listen.
Where the EP may falter a bit is the vocal structure. The more fast-paced tracks show Patrick’s struggles with a higher vocal tone. Until that develops further, the sweet spot of Inky Ovine comes when the energy is more dialed down. Patrick’s vocals and musical prowess come together in a perfect match on more mid-tempo, mellow songs like the title track. I feel that with a real studio, his vocal skills will be able to be harnessed to match the diverse palette of the music.
Inky Ovine as a whole shows some real muster, but also some areas to improve upon going forward. The potential is clear, and with subsequent releases I have no doubt that we will see those strides.