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ARTIST
TITLE
Waking Lines
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
MELO 089CD MELO 089CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/18/2014

Melodic presents the eagerly-anticipated debut album from Patterns, a band marking themselves out as true scientists of songcraft. With its array of field recordings, samples, original compositions and an epic haze of spellbinding loops, sonic sparks are set to fly from this thoroughly modern shoegaze-pop record. Patterns' fusion of head and heart may well induce a dream-like state, but across Waking Lines' 10 tracks, every note has been constructed with meticulous focus. This is a band who've always known what they wanted to achieve -- a group who together and individually, have spent time honing their craft, not to mention their spectacularly colorful live performances into an entity that's indisputably Patterns. Made up of foursome Ciaran McAuley (vocals/guitar/keyboards), Alex Hillhouse (bass/samplers), Jamie Lynch (drums) and Laurence Radford (guitar/samplers), the band's unique approach is what has had DJs from Mary Anne Hobbs and BBC 6 music's Steve Lamacq foaming at the microphone. Upon hearing Patterns' equally glistening and smouldering wall of noise, Huw Stevens picked the band to perform at Swn Festival, Rob Da Bank chose them to play at Bestival, and there have been shows all over France and Spain, not to mention a scholarly hometown show amongst the book shelves of Manchester's John Rylands Library. Already Waking Lines has been a long time coming, but it's been well worth the wait. Complemented by an array of psychedelic visuals, Patterns' knack for transcending both time and space can transform even the dingiest back room of a pub into a star-filled galaxy with an array of shimmering, delicately-melded guitars and evocative electronica. Take recent single "Blood," which was mainly inspired by the band's fascination with aesthetics and VHS equipment. Abandoning normal recording techniques and expensive producers, the band opted instead to record the album themselves. With one good microphone and a laptop, they have managed to create an infinitely large imaginary space to express their vision. From "This Haze," which was written eschewing male "indie" singer conventions by thinking of how a woman might sound had she sang instead, right through to "Our Ego," a song about the use of psychedelic drugs in psychotherapy in the '60s, Waking Lines flawlessly depicts that point where dreams and reality meet. A word to the wise, it's time to wake up. Patterns are here to open your mind and shape your world.