“The love child of Madonna and The Magic Gang, Forget About It has it all: silky vocals combined with bright guitars and funky bass-lines, all wrapped up in bouncy synth undertones.”
WORDS BY RACHEL GRICE
The name Patawawa conjures up an image of an experimental 12-piece brass/afro/dad band playing a graveyard slot in the hippy tent of a small festival. This couldn’t be further from the truth. This fresh young three piece have exploded out of the well-known music scene in Matlock, Derbyshire, into headphones and festivals far and wide. Patawawa is infectious NuDisco at its most enjoyable. Experimental to a degree, but so deeply catchy it is impossible resist a little shoulder shuffle to their latest single, Forget About It.
The love child of Madonna and The Magic Gang, Forget About It has it all: silky vocals combined with bright guitars and funky bass-lines, all wrapped up in bouncy synth undertones. It feels as though I’ve been transported back to the New York disco scene in the 1990s, but with a lot more positivity and a lot less sleaze.
The poppy synth cascades create a chime of warmth over the top of the funky backing. The beautifully melded vocals on the chorus create summer in swathes from the comfort of your own front room. It’s a truly optimistic track, and you can’t help but smile or have a little boogie. This tune explores more of the indie side of their sound compared to other tracks like Just Not With You and THAT GUY, and is certainly evidence for the talented, multi-faceted musicianship of Patawawa.
The dreamy-funk soundscape created by Sam Wilmot, Rory Lovatt, and Beth Garret is permeated with lyrics that have never been more relevant. “The sun will always shine, so keep your head up high, don’t ever stop.” A welcome reminder that no matter how challenging times get the sun is forever constant- even if we can’t see it 100 percent of the time. It even appears they’ve managed to get the message of optimism through in an age of social distancing: “If you ever need reminding just call up a friend”. A great reminder to stay at home and save lives, but stay in touch with those closest to you.
Speaking of, Patawawa are admirably donating 100 percent of their download profits from Forget About It to the Coronavirus Relief Fund, so if you needed any more of a reason to get the new single, look no further.
Having already been picked up by the likes of BBC 6Music, DIY, and The Guardian, this trio from a sleepy town in the Peak District are certainly gaining well deserved traction. They were lined up to play a host of festivals this summer, and we can only hope that by the time this current crisis is over we can catch them sending out their positive, funky vibes into some sunny UK fields.
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