Patrick Cleandenim loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes.
Patrick Cleandenim loves Scott Walker. That much is clear from the rich, poppy orchestrations of his '60s gazing tunes. These songs evoke sunny summer, mid-'60s British days of clever mod fashions, or Burt Bacharach scored martini parties. Sounds lovely, but for the fact that Cleandenim is, in point of fact, a mere whippersnapper of 22, writing and recording his songs in the heartland of America -- Lawrence, Kansas no less. Cleandemin shows a lot of promise. His songs are very catchy and rooted in fine songwriting fundamentals and attention to detail and shoot-for-the-moon pop hooks. Still, he could use a little seasoning. His voice can be a bit underwhelming and thin for songs as good as these, and he could perhaps add a bit of restraint as he grows into a more mature artist, not feeling the need to pack each track with the whole kitchen sink. Still, I applaud his innate talents and ambition to pen pop classics.