Andrew Mark Patrizi
TRUMPETER SWAN (aka Drew Patrizi) unveils a new project and a self-released 12-song debut album, LISTEN FOR THE CLUES. Patrizi gained recognition as a founding member of the Austin, Texas-based, critically acclaimed indie rock band What Made Milwaukee Famous- recently recognized by the A.V. Club as "one of the Austin bands that defined the decade." With a newly adopted home city, a new, more considered approach, and a greater sense of purpose, TRUMPETER SWAN'S LISTEN FOR THE CLUES is a tour de force that presents the listener a sonic package to unwrap- one that both pleases and intrigues on the way to discovering the melodic pop gems inside.
LISTEN FOR THE CLUES both refines and expands upon the sound Patrizi helped to create in What Made Milwaukee Famous, taking his power pop sensibilities and crafting something unique, personal, and powerful. During his WMMF tenure, Patrizi wrote "Selling Yourself Short," a song The Onion's Noel Murray hailed as "crowd rousing rock," and which was later featured on the WB television show Gilmore Girls. These keen pop instincts are further honed on LISTEN FOR THE CLUES, which melds complex lush arrangements with sticky melodies, warm organic pianos, acoustic guitars, and jilted synths and electronics. LISTEN FOR THE CLUES offers a genre-bending approach that is as comfortable with stripped-down, synth-heavy downbeat numbers as it is with carnival-esque explosions of horns, guitars, strings, and vocal harmonies. From the opening romp of "Loose Lips" with horns at full throttle, to the electronic cascade of melodic synths in the '80s-infused "Acolyte"; from the crafty "chords on the beat..." chorus of "Won't Come Back," to the dark and jittery jolts of "Eternal Pessimist," to the last somber cello note in album closer "Forest Fire," LISTEN FOR THE CLUES leaves few boxes unchecked.