Lush, eclectic, psychedelic and wistful, The Deserter is a single drifting narrative built out of hooky instrumental pop and dusty, sampled beat-collages. Across its 45 minutes, hip-hop blends into chamber pop and cartoon soundtracks give way to field recordings. It’s a maximalist concept album filled with small contemplative nooks and corners. It’s music to dream by, or have visions to.
The Deserter was produced and recorded at home in Brooklyn, Seattle, Berlin, and Philadelphia. Recommended if you like: flocks of grassland birds, lego projects, doggy daycares, female weight lifting contests, pet bats, imaginary maps, and soundtracks to movies that never existed.
Patrick Ellis is a producer, composer and digital artist based in New York. His music spans instrumental hip hop, electronica, psychedelic, chamber pop, and ambient. Influences include The Avalanches, The Books, J Dilla, and Bill Evans.