Is there any lover of electronica out there today who isn’t into a little Kraftwerk, AIR, Stereolab, synth-wave or, more lately, the Stranger Things soundtrack? Today we bring you a premiere that combines all of that with elements of early Thomas Dolby, Ghostbox Records, Tycho, Pantha du Prince, Solvent, and Cybotron/Model 500.
Coming to use courtesy of London’s Happy Robots Records, solo electronic flyer Pattern Language will be releasing his debut mini-album ‘Total Squaresville’ – a six-track collection of instrumental offerings. But ahead of that, they are previewing ‘By Time We Get There’.
Pattern Language is the new project of Colorado-based artist Chris Frain, who was inspired to re-immerse himself in the word of synthesizers after seeing the BBC4 documentary “Synth Britannia” in 2013. He was previously keyboard player for the indie-pop band The Giranimals (where he developed a love for the staple sounds of the Minimoog and Melotron instruments) and bassist for the power-prog rock trio Tanuki.
Frain draws heavily on influences from his childhood, including The Art of Noise, Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby and 80s-era King Crimson. Pattern Language sticks to its roots, honouring the legacy of such bands as Neu! to pop music, inclusive of that celebrated motorik beat (or Apache beat, as Neu! founder Klaus Dinger used to call it). A definite delight, wetting appetites for the rest of the mini-album.
Retro glitch wave technology from yesteryear, salvaged and put to good use in future-retro visual creations, has benefitted this first single, with Cheyene Grow at 75 Ohms creating the video to accompany this catchy motorik retro-synth landscape of a tune.
‘Total Squaresville’ follows up Chris Frain’s remix on the most recent EP from fellow Happy Robots artist Rodney Cromwell, described by Louder Than War as “replete with keyboard accompaniments that could easily be by John Carpenter…one of the stand out tracks of the EP.”
This is the ninth release on Happy Robots Records and is distributed by Cargo Records, mastered for analogue warmth on digital devices. Pattern Language ‘Total Squaresville’ is scheduled for release in June 2017.
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