Jerrah Patston has recorded a song for the latest Bus Stop Films production Head Over Wheels, starring outgoing Australian of the Year Dylan Alcott.
The film is a “one-take romcom”, and Jerrah contributed “Falling for You” – produced by Wade Keighran (Royal Headache, Wolf & Cub).
The song evokes pastoral Led Zeppelin via Magical Mystery Tour, and is out on January 30 (the Club Weld bandcamp and streams).
“Falling for You” studies the exhilaration and confusion of new love, and features Jerrah’s affecting double tracked vocals repeating the haunting hook: “try something new, it might be good for you”.
Accompaniment comes from Noel Arens (mellotron and electric piano), Genevieve Clay-Smith (backing vocals) and Sam Worrad (guitar).
Jerrah is a musician from the Blue Mountains, and is noted for his unique, whimsical style. He released his debut album Sounds Like Rain in 2020, and he has followed the release with a single (“If Spring Could Sing”) and a live album (Sing Exactly Like That).
He is working on a second album, Going Places, due early May. The first taste of the new album arrived on October 6 in the form of “The Wollongong Song”, recommended for fans of The Beach Boys and classic Flying Nun bands.
Jerrah’s songs are set apart by their observations of the everyday, beautiful harmonies and inventive percussion.
He started writing songs in 2016 when he began working at Club Weld, a studio for neurodiverse musicians based at Arts & Cultural Exchange (ACE) in Parramatta.
Head Over Wheels was made through Bus Stop Films’ Accessible Film Studies Program. It was directed by Genevieve Clay-Smith, an Australian director and writer who is known for making inclusive films, with input from students in her course. Jerrah attends the Accessible Film Studies Program in the Blue Mountains.
Marrickville-based actor Caitlin Karen Green stars alongside Dylan Alcott in the new rom com and says filming the movie was “So much brilliance and fun”.
Bus Stop Films is a not for profit organisation. Its program builds the confidence, English skills and life ready skills of people with an intellectual disability and others from marginalised communities, through giving them access to a film school experience.