Singled Out: Pat Scarlett's 4th Of July

Pat Scarlett

Today alt-pop star Pat Scarlett is gearing up to release his new West Side EP but to prepare fans we asked Pat to tell us about the track "4th Of July" which was released as a stand alone single. Here is the story:

When I wrote 4th of July I was going through a pretty intense time in my life - a relationship was imploding and I had recently dropped everything to work on the record. And as it happens, things were coming to a head around the 4th of July of last year - which is, I guess, why the lyrics for this song came out the way they did.

But listening to the song once you realize that, beyond the "feels like the 4th of July" refrain, the song has nothing to do with the holiday, country, whatever... I think the refrain is more of a description of a state of blissful serenity that exists - lingering somewhere beneath the chaos of existence - but which we often only experience when that chaos becomes particularly intense & we're kind of forced to really let go. We're usually so wrapped up in our own bullsh*t that we don't get to that kind of place - but when you do...feels like the 4th of July…

In any case, that's the tune. The reality is that I never write with any kind of strategy or agenda in mind - context, meaning, etc., often only reveals itself to me after the fact. And that was the same for this song - I can talk about subtext, etc., now, but really it's just a question of sound in the process. I prefer hearing how the audience reacts to a tune, because, really, I find their interpretation - what it means to them - to be more interesting than anything I can say about it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the upcoming album right here!


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