DECAGRAM is proud to present Shield Patterns performing their new album, Mirror Breathing.
The acclaimed Manchester duo return to sit-down theatre venue at The Assembly Roxy on Friday 16th September, supported by two sets specially curated by DECAGRAM for the occasion. The Facebook event is here, and this is the advance discount ticket link.
Shield Patterns is the Manchester-based duo of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa / The Rustle of the Stars / Glissando).
Together they create intensely emotive music full of light and shade that’s both melodic and incredibly detailed. It’s a sound that is at once accessible and exploratory and ends up as a triumph of dreamily surreal contemporary music.
The duo’s critically acclaimed debut LP Contour Lines (2014) and subsequent EP Violet (2015) were both released via Richard’s own Gizeh label with work almost complete on a new album, scheduled for release on 2nd September 2016.
During Shield Patterns’ relatively short life-span they have been remixed by alt-j and Dutch Uncles, invited by post-metal titans Cult of Luna to perform at their Beyond the Redshift festival in London, appeared at Wave-Gotik-Treffen in Leipzig, Germany (the biggest Gothic festival in Europe) alongside touring and playing shows with the likes of; James Holden, Portico, Olöf Arnalds, Woman’s Hour, Bernard + Edith and Conquering Animal Sound. March 2015 saw the duo take to the road in support of the Contour Lines album playing in seven different countries along the way.
Press for Shield Patterns:
THE SKINNY ***** (for 2014’s Contour Lines) Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox’s debut is a hyper-realised, hugely individual work that splices song-craft with darkly sumptuous electronica. The term’s waning critical currency is a symptom of its over-use, but, for once, here’s an album, such is its scope, that’s properly cinematic. Tracks journey and unfold. Take the discordant clatter of Charon: its extended opening, its unexpected flicker of melody, its deathly fade. Contour Lines’ grandiose orchestrations aim high – think Kate Bush’s Ninth Wave meets Massive Attack’s Mezzanine via Bartok. Buried somewhere within, Brentall’s words are beautifully emblematic: befitting its expressionist stylings, she enacts, rather than delivers. On more than one level, it’s beyond words.
45 MAGAZINE (Live Review) “Borrowing the dense, yet richly stratified compositions from masters of rippling electronic realms like Actress, Forest Swords and even (at times) Joy Orbison and marrying them to the effortlessly avant garde vocals that sounded like Kate Bush calling out to you from the unknown extents of of a whirling vortex, this duo delivered a set that was nothing short of jaw dropping.”
THE MUSIC FIX (Live Review) “Somewhere out there, this unbecoming duo, not content with, you know, casually delivering the album of the year so far, are getting serious about the business of taking it to the masses. Take note, and stay close.”
HIT THE FLOOR 9/10 “Sexy, intricate, menacing, haunting, and quite frankly hypnotic – Shield Patterns have arguably released what could be the best electronic album of the year. Even more so, this is possibly one of the best debut albums that has been committed to record in a long, long time”
The Skinny – Albums of the Year #27 // The Silent Ballet – Tracks of the Year #7 // The Music Fix – Best Albums of 2014 // [SIC] Magazine – Editor’s Pick’s of 2014 #3 // SeeSound – Albums of the Year #6
ATZI & THE REVERSE ENGINEER
Reuniting after a superb debut appearance at DECAGRAM 2.0 in January, two prolific Edinburgh-based audio academics present a new collaboration with their respective specialisms, cello and electronics. Expect max-MSP based rhythmic electronic sound design from music studio founder (thenoisefloor.co.uk) and purveyor of Euclidean techno, Dave House and the central belt circuit’s most famous cellist/composer Atzi Muramatsu (BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards 2016).
DOZEN DRAFT (Already Dead Tapes & Records)
Edinburgh-based Greek artist Babis Bozoglou performs an electronic collage of influences, from Can to the soundscapes of Athens based peers Somehow Ecstatic Records.
DECAGRAM 2.1 | SHIELD PATTERNS AT THE ROXY THEATRE 16.9.2016
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