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Western Canadian alt-pop auteur Amelie Patterson is a songwriter’s songwriter. Amelie’s poetic predisposition has landed her a golden reputation as both an artist and a community builder. An indie-rock raconteuse with a curiosity for evoking emotion through sonic texture and a penchant for precision in the written word, her cunning folk songs and powerful full-band performances have earned her a reputation as one of western Canada’s best songwriters, enough to merit becoming the first-ever poet-laureate of Banff, Alberta. An industrious auteur and a consummate connector, Amelie elevates her craft and community as the founder of songwriting society Pre-Death, Pro-Fame, and with her production and songwriting project We Are Crickets which has placements as substantial as McDonalds Singapore.


Her newest release, completing The War EP, comes in the form of two singles; the enigmatic and synth heavy Static and the groovy melodic myth inspired Golden Line. The two tracks occupy different spaces in the alt-folk/pop space. The first track, Static, is a song about getting out of your own way. Produced by Brock Gieger (Reuban and The Dark), Static reflects tension and release of joining the creative fray.

"'Static' is one part intrusive thoughts, and two parts empty studio at midnight. It’s the battle against the corrosive nature of doubt."-Amelie Patterson
StaticAmelie Patterson
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Golden Line is about mental health, and holding someone as they navigate challenging times. Based on the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth, the Cretian Princess Ariadne falls in love with Thesues and gifts him a spool of golden thread so he can find his way out of the dark maze. With her shimmering vocals cast loftily over groovy low-fi production, Patterson addresses the listener: "We can't find the way if you keep slack in the Golden Line". 

Golden LineAmelie Patterson
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The songs that make up The War are a unique emotional and auditory pathway, allowing Amelie to “walk you hand in hand through the human condition." Each song on the EP has developed over years and each came into shape with its own set of collaborators including producers Brayden Bell (Shuffalo, We Are Crickets), Will MacLellan, and Brock Geiger (Reuben and the Dark). Anchored by delicate acoustic guitar, Amelie’s sophisticated folk foundations are adorned with polite instrumentation cueing dramatic depth that echoes contemporaries like Brandie Carlisle, Laura Marling, or Soccer Mommy.

 

Amelie Patterson has performed at festival stages across Canada including Calgary and Canmore Folk Fest, The Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s K Days, Stampede City Sessions and showcases including BreakOut West and Folk Alliance International. She has performed alongside Serena Ryder, Matt Andersen and Sarah Harmer and has taken part in two Banff Centre residencies with collaborators including Séan McCann (Great Big Sea) and Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene). Amelie has been awarded Alternative Recording of the Year at the YYC Music Awards, as well as received Calgary’s coveted White Hat.

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Filmed and edited by Simon Slade, Amelie teamed up with Jaunita Dawn of Longgrass studios to create a intimate conversation between puppets that reflect the subtext of the lyrics to her song, The War. The song is a plea to a loved one, asking them to stay and fight the war. It’s about riding into battle alongside them, knowing that you’re fighting phantoms and they are fighting very real demons. It’s about finding your place and your strength to keep going.

 

“Living with mental health and addiction is a chaotic and challenging experience, one that is also so human. I’ve learned so much and this conversation represents what I wish I had known to say and what I think the response would be had they known how to say it”

 

Filmed in Amelie’s kitchen with Jaunita’s expert puppetry, there is something about puppets that allows for very vulnerable and truthful human discussion.

Press for "The War"

“The War” showcases Amelie’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, and storyteller, leaving listeners enthralled and wanting more.

- Canadian Beats

"The War" has the perfect, sweet voice that captivates listeners with a message about empathizing and fighting our own battles, understanding our place in these times of personal war. The guitar playing relaxes us, just close our eyes and we leave our problems aside, we live the song, which warms our hearts and takes us to places never visited before, the search for peace of mind, this melody is brilliant, with discreet beats in some sections.

- Indie oClock

"The War" is a fantastic example of how a simple arrangement can create a powerful and emotive sound. AMELIE PATTERSON's flawlessly executed vocals are the star of the show, but the arpeggiated guitar chords and bass guitar add depth and richness to the song. The production is light and gives each element the space it needs to create a truly unforgettable sound. If you're a fan of raw and honest music that leaves you feeling inspired, then "The War" is a must-listen.

- Music Taste UK

Patterson’s vulnerable vocal performance is supported by a dynamic rhythm section and organic instrumentation that creates a nostalgic sound reminiscent of vinyl recordings.

- Purple Melon

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Western Canadian alt-pop auteur Amelie Patterson is a songwriter’s songwriter. Amelie’s poetic predisposition has landed her a golden reputation as both an artist and a community builder. An indie-rock raconteuse with a curiosity for evoking emotion through sonic texture and a penchant for precision in the written word, her cunning folk songs and powerful full-band performances have earned her a reputation as one of western Canada’s best songwriters, enough to merit becoming the first-ever poet-laureaute of Banff, Alberta. An industrius auteur and a consummate connector, Amelie elevates her craft and community as the founder of songwriting society Pre-Death, Pro-Fame, and with her production and songwriting project We Are Crickets which has placements as substantial as McDonalds Singapore.

Amelie Patterson has performed at festival stages across Canada including Calgary and Canmore Folk Fest, The Calgary Stampede and Edmonton’s K Days, Stampede City Sessions and showcases including BreakOut West and Folk Alliance International. She has performed alongside Serena Ryder, Matt Andersen and Sarah Harmer and has taken part in two Banff Centre residencies with collaborators including Séan McCann (Great Big Sea) and Brendan Canning (Broken Social Scene). Amelie has been awarded Alternative Recording of the Year at the YYC Music Awards, as well as received Calgary’s coveted White Hat.

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