Review: Patterns – Induction [Single]
The New Noise EP established Patterns’ flair for creating soundscapes whilst still retaining the feel of an organic band. This single presents another side to what they do, swapping out what could be described as slow-burning live chillout for immediately infectious, layered indie pop.
Listening to this single immediately after listening to New Noise, there is a sense that A-Side “Induction” is intended to pick up where EP closer “Fly To NY” left off, with a chord progression that certainly feels like a variation on a previously established theme. “Induction” is also a heck of a lot faster than anything on the previous EP, which comes as a pleasant surprise both on record and also in the live scenario; just as the audience think they know how the set’s going to play out…
B-Side “Throwing Stones” is an interesting number to try to describe; bearing the same signature cascades as the tracks on New Noise, it side-steps the “indie-rock” label despite technically being exactly that. The lesson we learn here of course is it’s not just about the framework, but the texture. That, and “sod pigeonholing”. It’s a beautiful track with lyrics that flow like great dialogue, and a singalong-worthy ending.
Patterns have enjoyed a few features and honourable mentions in some high-profile publications already, and deservedly so. Watch this space; by rights we’re witnessing the start of something big.
Words – Daniel T. Nicolas