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Annabelle Lord-Patey and Matt Minigell At The Mint, Sunday August 14th 2016


Annabelle Lord-Patey


Annabelle Lord-Patey and Matt Minigell are still teenagers, I bet they haven’t reached the drinking age yet, but they are already touring the country. I caught the two very young tour mates during their last stop at the Mint in Los Angeles, where they were part of a large Sunday night bill.

Young artists will always amaze me no matter what they do, but these two can really craft real songs with a rare talent. Matt Minigell, a Boston, Massachusetts-based songwriter, started the night standing front stage with his guitar and the type of whisper-like voice which inspires the most intimate and confessional tunes, something that all Elliott Smith’s fans are very familiar with. As he seemed very concentrated on his playing, he showed a real stage confidence, and with a somewhat smoky whisper and just a guitar, his quiet songs were on the melancholic side, even flirting with depression (‘I don’t care about anything’), or were neat life vignettes talking about wanting to go to Paris, not being happy, or even not ‘Falling Off the Scaffolding and Die’, a tune with a very catchy chorus. He even had a ‘drinking song’ despite his young age, and many of his compositions had folky sensibilities to country tempo, like a country song from the east coast…

If Matt was standing, Annabelle played her set sitting on a chair, with the same incredible focus and respectful confidence, and believe me, I have been around enough teenagers during my lifetime to know that this kind of maturity is a rare thing. I got a strong Elliott Smith meets Big Star vibe when she was playing, and I am not saying this because she covered ‘Thirteen’ at the end of her set. Her songs, with complex chords and a 60’s folk vibe, had a precious and deliciously familiar feel and her sweet voice, not unlike her mother’s, a youthful and pure quality. Of course, I should say that Annabelle is the daughter of 90’s indie/folk/busker Mary Lou Lord, and Roots/Rockabilly artist Kevin Patey, and she demonstrated with brio that she has some excellent musical DNA. Talking about Big Star’s ‘Thirteen’, she had a song called ‘Fifteen’, a logical continuity between generations.

She had a cute way to look at the ceiling when playing her wide-eyed tunes, and also a cute smile, that she only showed us at the end of her set, otherwise she looked very concentrated and deeply involved in her songs. Her entire set was music in its purest form, melodious and catchy, and I guess I wasn’t the only one to be very impressed by her guitar fingerpicking, fluid and skilled, as beautifully executed as her songwriting was.

Last month, Annabelle released her first album ‘Polaris’, successfully financed by a Kickstarter campaign, and at 17, this is totally remarkable. Annabelle and Matt, who are doing their first tour ever but very certainly not their last, are the proof that music genres are not bound to specific eras and decades, and that music with heart can be passed to the next generations, thanks to talent and probably hard work.

Now, when the offspring of another 90’s grunge icon receives that much attention for four seconds of a cover song posted on Instagram, it may be time to bring the spotlight on the real thing.

More pictures here.


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