In Beautiful World, Patrick O’Hearn continues the path of refinement and reductivism in his music. Paying close and careful attention to detail, yet mindful of never exceeding that which is sufficient or necessary. From the dynamic opening of “facing the sun”, to the calm repose of the closing, “an evening sky”, we’re taken on an intriguing journey by an artist who’s experience and dedicated pursuit of craft is almost an anachronism in this day and time.
When queried on his methods, O’Hearn compares his compositional approach to that of observing nature. “One can pick up a small stone and regard it at arms length. However, the closer it is examined, the more a fascinating detail is revealed. That is what I strive for in my work.”
Recorded between January and June 2003, Beautiful World is indeed a realization of that effort. Both rich and distinctive, it is a welcome offering from an inspired place, and engaging soul.