Listen to the new single from the lo-fi folk musician ahead of the new album out April 19th via Run For Cover
Today, Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, released “the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend” from his forthcoming album fade into the dawn that will be released on April 19th via Run For Cover Records.
Kevin Patrick on “The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend”:
“This song first came into my head as an idea when I was still living in San Francisco, working & living in the sunroom. I was sort of seeing somebody & was reflecting on how more times than not they would ask me to come hang out or do something & I would decline under the pretense of being busy, but wind up drinking alone in my room… maybe making art, but mostly just drinking for the sake of getting drunk. Flash forward 6 months or so & I had moved out of San Francisco, quit my job, & was bouncing between touring & couch surfing. One day in Canoga Park where I was crashing with my friend Derek, I was struck with the profound sadness, lack of inspiration, & direction I felt… I lived no where, didn’t have much to show for my ‘leap of faith,’ but the one constant in my life for many years was my habit of hanging out alone & drinking until I passed out. I remember sitting in a pink chair & I picked up a guitar & the whole song came out in a matter of minutes. I didn’t record a demo in the moment & days later I remembered I’d written it & had to search quite deep into my mind to remember the melody.”
Recently, The Fader premiered “used 2 be a romantic” and said, “It’s the 27-year-old singer-songwriter’s most complete and, in parts, surreally beautiful record to date — drifting off into lush acoustics more often than it relies on tinned noise, laced with twilit reflections on ruin without succumbing entirely to darkness.” The 405 made it their ‘Track Of The Day’ and said it was, “sung in such a winning manner, over welcoming acoustic guitar strums and subtle synth underpinning with an irresistible hook. Within your first couple of listens you’re taken right into Patrick’s experience, and you’ll soon be singing and swaying along with his desperation for a swift drink.
The Line Of Best Fit picked “henna tattoo,” as one of their ‘Discovery’ pieces, the first song released from the album, and said, “This is simply a man singing plainly and honestly about his struggles. And it’s all the more devastating because of it.”
UPROXX shared the video and said, “The raw honesty of the song is enhanced by its warm video. Patrick is as gifted a filmmaker as he is a musician, and Field Medic is one of the most exciting indie acts of 2019.” Paste Magazine said, “…his anxious infatuation is presented as a passing, unadorned outpouring, conflicting thoughts and emotions rushed to paper, then tape, using only the implements Patrick had at hand.”
“Fade Into The Dawn” is Patrick’s first proper full-length release for Run For Cover following his critically acclaimed collection “Songs From The Sunroom”, which received acclaim from BrooklynVegan, Noisey, Stereogum and more. Patrick’s tracks racked up well over a million collective streams on Spotify, and his captivating live performances (in which he’s accompanied by nothing more than his guitar and an old school boombox) landed him dates with everyone from The Neighbourhood and Wallows to HEALTH and Girlpool.