Listen: Sid Pattni - Love And Desire
Cool, romantic, punchy. A masterful piece of club-pop from Perth's Sid Pattni.
Whenever I see the word ‘multi-instrumentalist’ next to a musician’s name, I always read it as code for ‘complete music genius’. Because I know a few of these ‘multi-instrumentalist’ types, and I’ve seen them walk into rooms and pick up a banana and basically extract a symphony from it.
Perth-based music guy Sid Pattni is one of those banana people. The WAAPA music graduate was one of the best live drummers around, before a serious injury in 2009 forced him to throw down the sticks, for risk of losing all function in his hand. While others might have used their recovery time to watch back-to-back episodes of Game Of Thrones, Pattni just casually mastered the piano. Then even more casually became a gun at music production. He also did a few charming fruit still-life paintings (true story).
Out of that time, came the amazing Go Back Home featuring Australian radio darling Meg Mac – the second tune we ever released on Pilerats Records. Since then, Pattni has been plugging away at his sound, holed up in an impressive home studio beside Perth’s Swan River. Basically like a musical Rapunzel. Only instead of luscious long hair, he’s just got miles and miles of tangled audio cables spilling out his window and forming a ladder down to Riverside Drive (not to discredit Pattni’s hair, which also looks quite luscious in his press shot). Recently, he climbed several storeys down his cable ladder and in his hot little hands he was clutching this clubby pop masterpiece - Love And Desire, which we have swiftly released on Pilerats Records. Because, bananas.
While Go Back Home was a gently moving, smooth electro-funker, Love And Desire surges forth with an insistent and crisp beat. Well-placed and never-standard synths effortlessly build into a heady chorus with a very decent hook. Singer Sophie Hopes’ cool romantic vocal, that calls to mind My Delirium-era Ladyhawke, is completely at ease with the track.
Tell you what - Pattni has an ear for a tune, that’s for sure: the track is arranged incredibly well, with a tight, focused feel almost tailor-made for the upper reaches of the charts: at a minimum, a pleasurable and punchy listen capable of endless plays. I hope Pattni starts letting down his hair more often.