Introvertigo is the “dizziness and disorientation felt by an introvert after spending more than 5 minutes with an extrovert”. It’s also the name of the latest album by South African blues-rock guitarist Dan Patlansky.
Due for release in the UK on 6 May 2016, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ will be accompanied by extensive touring. Patlansky will be special guest on King King’s national tour in May before heading out on his own headline trek the following month, which includes a stop in London.
“I think this is possibly my most accomplished album to date,” says Patlansky. “The new album draws from all my influences from Audioslave, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jim Hendrix, Rival Sons and beyond. We’ve continued the same mix of rock, funk and blues that we mastered on last year’s ‘Dear Silence Thieves’ album.”
The new album, which was written over the past two years, draws inspiration from Patlansky’s personal life experiences.
“Introvertigo describes a feeling I very often experience being an introvert,” explains the musician. “The concept behind the album is very much about my own insecurities. It’s about being an introvert in the music industry, my experiences in the industry and life in general. Even though the songs on the album have different topics and are not directly about being an introvert. It comes from an introvert’s point of view.”
So the song ‘Run’, which Patlansky debuted during his support set on Joe Satriani’s 2015 European tour, is about “running away from mob mentality. The fact is, when people gather in large numbers, their IQ’s tend to drop. They say and do stupid things.”
‘Bet On Me’, in turn, is “about backing myself regarding my gut feel,” says Patlansky. “Taking risks that will hopefully lead to bigger success, even though people tell me it’s the wrong way to go.” ‘Still Wanna Be Your Man’ tackles the challenge of “trying to find the balance between life on the road and family”, while ‘Queen Puree’ is about his young daughter “and how such a small person who can’t even speak properly yet, can have such control over adults, namely her parents”.
These songs were again brought to life with the help of producer Theo Crous and Patlansky’s long-time backing band (bass player Clint Falconer and drummer Andy Maritz), with Foo Fighters’ Rami Jaffe adding Hammond B3 to three tracks.
“Fans can expect a unique brand of blues-rock guitar playing, whilst striving for strong songwriting. I’m very excited and proud of this album, and honestly feel this is my best release to date,” says the man nominated as one of Classic Rock magazine’s hotly tipped new artists of 2015.