From my review of Cusique’s Salvage the Ghost EP, which dropped in January:
“The 2014 sophomore album by Cusique songwriter Patrick McKay, Jr was Wedding Ring, a collection of fourteen instrumental-heavy tracks dealing with themes of alienation, renewal, and impossible love. On Wedding Ring, McKay enlists a myriad of other musicians to help fulfill a decidedly rich, dynamic sound. The result is a technically-fascinating record that seems to celebrate itself.
Clocking in at twenty minutes, Salvage the Ghost effectively revamps and reinvents the lyrical/musical concepts introduced by McKay on Wedding Ring. The sound is concisely rendered; simultaneously bombastic and minimal; with McKay playing most of the instruments himself.”
I met Patrick at the WV Governor’s School for the Arts in 2014 and have been infatuated with his music ever since. Patrick gave me the opportunity to ask him some questions about his new EP. We talked The Life of Pablo, boredom, American Psycho, and more: