Future Sailor Concerts, ByteFM and What Difference Does It Make present:
Patience (UK, Night School Records)
Eilis Frawley (Berlin)
Across two albums with Veronica Falls, Roxanne Clifford helped to craft often gloomy but sometimes warm and jangly indie-pop. When she released her first tracks under the moniker of Patience, she threw long-time listeners a curveball. As a new vehicle for Clifford’s songwriting, she’s swapped guitars for electronics; with the likes of The Pressure, she harnessed vintage, 80s-inflected synths and created gems destined for the dancefloor.
Clifford continues to plumb the depths of these electronic tones on Dizzy Spells, her debut album as Patience, with urgent opener The Girls Are Chewing Gum bursting forth with its lively grooves and stratospheric hook. Scratch the bright surface though and a consistent dichotomy between vibrant and melancholic is revealed. White of An Eye is propelled by a bouncy undercurrent and a jangly guitar refrain, but Clifford intones: ‘I haven’t seen it in a while / The light that comes from a smile’.
Much of the album follows suit, but the likes of dextrous bilingual powerhouse Moral Damage, where Clifford is joined by fellow former Veronica Falls member Marion Herbain, and closer Silent House, with its warped choral opening and almost baroque keys, break the mould. Such moments help prevent Dizzy Spells from becoming one-note by putting a different spin on the happy-sad formula, keeping it a bright yet bittersweet full-length exploration of Clifford’s new sonic world.
Speaking truths on social structures, feminism, mental health, creative insecurities, personal tragedies and the impacts of living abroad, Eilis Frawley brings a new tone to universal topics.
Spoken word meets drumming: Eilis’s first video ‘Intellectual Men’, hit 15,000 views days after release, and was shared by Arte Tracks, Tom Tom Magazine, Loud Women and Curated by Girls. Autumn 2019, Eilis plans to release a longer piece of work accompanied by a European tour.
Classically trained from the Elder Conservatorium of Music, Adelaide, Australia (BA 2010), Eilis’ experience in the music industry is broad and well-established. After graduating, Eilis was funded by the Australian government to study under Eugene Ughetti, leading percussionist in Australian contemporary music and founder of SPEAK percussion.
2012 saw Eilis move to Seoul, South Korea, leaving the classical music world behind her. In Korea Eilis quickly found her way to the drum kit, performing with bands such as Baekma, New Blue Death, So Long Buffolo, Lish’s swingtime band and guesting with hot ticket doo-wop group, The Barbarettes. Whilst in Korea Eilis recorded and released three albums and toured in both Korea and Japan.
In 2016 Eilis moved to Berlin, dividing her time between performing and teaching with a passion for educating the next generation of female* drummers. Eilis plays Drums in local Berlin bands Party Fears and I Drew Blank.