Amidst the isolation of the pandemic, Vermont singer-songwriter Justin Levinson, in collaboration with fellow Vermont musician Ben Patton, embarked on a musical odyssey that resulted in the creation of their latest album, “Collamer Circle.” Written and recorded within the walls of Levinson’s home studio, this album is a testament to the power of artistic connection during challenging times.
This release marks Levinson’s return to the music scene after a four-year hiatus in Los Angeles. The partnership with Ben Patton, a critically acclaimed musician in his own right with twelve albums under his belt, feels organic, given their shared musical upbringing and the constant presence of their fathers, Bob Levinson and Will Patton, in the studio.
The sessions that birthed “Collamer Circle” were described by Levinson as “profoundly therapeutic and reflective,” with both artists finishing each other’s musical sentences while pushing creative boundaries. The result is an album steeped in powerful harmonies, ambitious musical arrangements, and compelling lyrical contributions from Patton. The themes explored in “Collamer Circle” traverse the complexities of relationships, the importance of self-awareness, and the readiness to embrace love. The album’s tracks, delivered with an upbeat power pop and emotionally-charged ballads, exemplify the signature styles that have always defined the duo’s individual catalogs.
With a lineup of seasoned Vermont musicians, including Joshua Glass on piano, Jack Vignone on bass, and Simon Plumpton on drums, the release event for “Collamer Circle” promises to be a night of unforgettable performances. Taking place at Venetian Soda Lounge in Burlington, VT, on September 8th, this marks Levinson’s first Vermont performance in nearly eight years.
“Collamer Circle” stands as a beacon of musical brilliance, a testament to the indomitable spirit of collaboration, and a triumph over adversity. Levinson and Patton have woven a musical tapestry that speaks to the human experience in all its facets, leaving an indelible mark on the listener’s soul.