Patrick Ames – “Reawakened 2020”


Catching my ear in the past year with tracks like “Queen Kae” and “Bang Bang Bang,” Bay Area singer/songwriter Patrick Ames shows well again with the track “Reawakened 2020.” “I wrote “Reawakened” in January 2017 during Trump’s Inauguration Day ceremonies,” Ames says. “I couldn’t watch the proceedings so I went into the music studio and locked myself in. Wrote the song, wrote the lyrics, and recorded about a third of the tracks.”

Ames’ stirring vocal lead is nicely accompanied by soulful backing vocals throughout. Joining well with bluesy guitar tones and lyrics emitting timely pleas” — “Don’t be shy about your equality / Don’t be quiet when they fence in the free,” — the track succeeds in its feel and messaging. The suave vocals, lead and backing, work especially well past the two-minute mark — helping round the track into a passionate fervor even further.

“Reawakened 2020” and other memorable tracks released in June 2020 can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of June 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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