Patch & The Giant – All That We Had, We Stole
With any modern folk band there are bound to be comparisons to Mumford & Sons. There are certainly plenty to justify it here, especially when paying close attention to the vocals, but there is a lot more to be found here on this assured debut. Musically it is a lot more diverse and complex, more akin to The Decemberists. Just one listen to the fabulous breakdown at the end of ‘Another Day’, with all the instruments at their disposal having a joyous jam, is enough to tell you that love what they do and do it well. Opening track ‘The Beggar’s Song’ sounds like a call to arms from days long since passed, ‘Love and War’ takes the album down a more somber turn, while ‘Flowers’ and the secret track ‘The Walk And The Weight’ (spoilers!) have hints of Glen Hansard.
I often talk about bands having “potential”, which in most cases refers to the music that they could perhaps one day create. In this instance however it’s all about the moments. Listening to this album your mind can’t help but wander and imagine them seeing them live. With every listen of All That We Had, We Stole I imagine some legendary venue packed out with patrons all stamping their feet. I can see crowds dancing at some cosy little festival, and still singing along whilst gathered round the campfire that night. Music is important, of course it is, but what makes certain songs stay with us through the years is the memories we as listeners attach to them. This is an album for making memories, and as such could have people coming back to it for years to come.