Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Introducing Patterns and review of their first EP 'New Noise'.
Patterns are another great new Manchester based band, who have so far released one EP through influential Manchester fanzine and record label 'Pull Yourself Together'. The EP, aptly named 'New Noise' features four great songs full of spacey Animal Collective-esque loops, dreamlike drones and atmospheric drums.
The first two songs are probably the best. 'Broken Trains' opens with a similar loop to that of Animal Collective's 'My Girls', however the percussion really sets the song apart as it elevates it to a much more epic sound. The second song 'Wrong Two Words' again features similar psychedelic loops whilst also managing to really shows off the lead singers fantastic vocals, and the chorus is actually surprisingly catchy for the type of song.
On third song 'Loop Track' you essentially get what you see, with the same electronic loop being played repeatedly. It's a slow builder, however at around the 2:30 mark when the drums start to get louder the energy created is unbelievable, making it a much better song than it should really have any right to be.
Final song 'Fly To New York' borrows some of The Smiths' classic Manchester melanchony, the wowwow chorus combines beautifully with the backgound drones to create a genuine feeling of sadness.
Its hard to believe that this EP was almost entirely created at the bands home and it makes the songs all the more impressive because of it. 'New Noise' is an impressive EP and shows a band with bags of potential and ideas.