As we await a release date for their second full length album, The Speed Of Things, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has provided us with a teaser of things to come with the Patterns EP. Comprised of four songs, with three that will supposedly make it to the full length as well, Patterns saw release as a limited edition Record Store Day only vinyl release, as well as a digital download.
Needless to say, as a supporter of Josh Epstein and Daniel Zott's previous local projects, this was the sole exclusive release I waited in line for this year on Record Store Day and it was well worth it. Although I did enjoy the duo's debut It's A Corporate World, the new songs both on this EP and that they are playing live on their current tour appear poised to top that first album.
There was nothing on It's A Corporate World as infectious as first single "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)", a dance/pop gem so wonderful, it should be seeing Daft Punk "Get Lucky" type accolades. "Hiding" is equally as good, with a prime sing-along chorus that works great live. Epstein's signature whistles pop up on "Dark Water", as does the duo's penchant for sweet melodies and harmonies.
At just over 13 minutes in length, Patterns provides a tantalizing taste of what is to come for Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. The new album is reportedly done, here is hoping Warner Bros. finalizes a release date soon. As good as the other new songs debuted live were, I'm beyond anxious to hear what could potentially be one of the year's best releases.
Patterns was released April 16, 2013 as a digital download and on Record Store Day, April 20, 2013, on limited edition vinyl on Warner Bros. Records.