Aural Delights 235

PLAYLIST

  1. Esper Scout – Compass – Compass
  2. Grails – Chalice Hymnal – Chalice Hymnal
  3. Flowers Must Die – Källa Till Ovisshet – Kompost
  4. Gnoomes – In The Park – Tschak!
  5. The Mothers Earth Experiment – Mono No Aware – The Mothers Earth Experiment
  6. Cobra Family Picnic – Draags – Magnetic Anomaly
  7. Sweet Tempest – Colourful Rain – Colourful Rain
  8. The Cult of Dom Keller – Behind All Evil Is A Black Hole – Parasido Is On Fire
  9. Annette Peacock – Real & Defined Androgens – X Dreams
  10. Grails – Rebecca – Chalice Hymnal
  11. Bogshed – Jobless Youngsters – Step On It
  12. Cannonball Statman – Rabbit – Cackles
  13. Elea Calvet – Lust – Lust
  14. Pattern Language – A Pattern Language – Total Squaresville
  15. Phew – New World – Light Sleep
  16. Skin, Flesh & Bones – Slavery Dub – Fighting Dub
  17. The Coathangers – Make It Right – Nosebleed Weekend
  18. Space Museum with Positronik – Save It For Me  (March of the Women Dub) – Universal Fluid
  19. Toska Wilde – Mommie Dearest – Mommie Dearest
  20. Innercity Ensemble – 2- III
  21. Hightown Pirates – Higher Ground – Dry and High
  22. The Mothers Earth Experiment – Talos – The Mothers Earth Experiment
  23. Phew – The Last Song – Our Likeness
  24. Cannonball Statman – ZOB – Cackles
  25. Flowers Must Die – After Gong – Kompost
  26. Pattern Language – Le Choc Des Etoiles – Total Squaresville
  27. Grails – Thorns II – Chalice Hymnal
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Aural Delights 234

PLAYLIST

  1. Oxbow – Cold & Well Lit Place – Thin Black Duke
  2. Cannonball Statman – Ailing in Leipzig – Cackles
  3. The Big Moon – Sucker – Love in the 4th Dimension
  4. Total Victory – Gold Curtain – English Martyrs
  5. Dave Graney & The Lurid Yellow Mist – I Ain’t Natural (Supermodified Remix) – Supermodified
  6. False Advertising – It’s Been A While – Three Minute Heroes
  7. Harvestman – White Horse – Music for Megaliths
  8. Chorchazade – This is His – Crackle And Corkette EP
  9. Lil’ Lost Lou – Bones, Feathers, Black Book, Rabbit Foot – Lil’ Lost Lou
  10. Pattern Language – The Castellers – Total Squaresville
  11. Elliot Sharp Carbon – Geometry – Monster Curve
  12. Aquaserge – La Femme de Tahiti – Tahiti Coco
  13. Lil’ Lost Lou – Jolene – Lil’ Lost Lou
  14. Pleasure House – Mind Control – Mind Control
  15. BNQT – 100 Million Miles – Volume 1
  16. Adult. – Into the Drum (feat. Lun*na Menoh) – Detroit House
  17. Cannonball Statman – Orbiting The Pacific – Cackles
  18. Chorchazade – Half A Crown – Made To Be Devoured
  19. The Quicksilver Kings – I Want To Be Human – Three Minute Heroes
  20. Matching Mole – Waterloo Lily – March
  21. Sharon Von Etten – Afraid of Nothing – Are We There
  22. Akranes – Takeover Me (feat. Sabira Jade) – Takeover Me
  23. Vieon – Extant (Original Mix) – Fly By Night
  24. Danny Short – Begin to Burn – Form Your Opinion
  25. Seazoo – Roy’s World Final – Roy’s World Final
  26. Total Victory – The Public Weighbridge – English Martyrs
  27. Serial Chiller – Bed Mood – Three Minute Heroes
  28. Pattern Language – Squaresville – Total Squaresville
  29. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – The Smithsonian Institute Blues (Or The Big Dig) – The Dust Blows Forward: An Anthology

Aural Delights 233

PLAYLIST

  1. Pearl Divers – Sunshine – Pre release
  2. La Bête Blooms & EMBRS – Stingray – Three Minute Heroes
  3. Trick Bird – Can You See Me – Can You See Me
  4. Barrows – Wrath of the Sea – Imprecari  Island
  5. Captain Black and Friends – That Old Alchemy – The Madman In The Attic
  6. Danny Short – Sometimes It’s Raining – Form Your Opinion
  7. Demen – Niorium – Nektyr
  8. emonemogaymo – True Life – True Life
  9. Fronteers – Mama’s Boy – Three Minute Heroes
  10. Harvestman – The Forest Is Our Temple – Music for Megaliths
  11. Pattern Language – By Time We Get There – Total Squaresville
  12. Barrows – Entrada – Obsidion
  13. Mississippi John Hurt – Spike Driver’s Blues – Satisfying Blues
  14. Total Victory – Written Backwards – English Martyrs
  15. Wooden Wand – School’s Out – Clipper Ship
  16. Demen – Korrodorer – Nektyr
  17. The Go-Betweens – The House That Jack Kerouac Built – Vienna Burns: Live 1987
  18. Captain Black – I Love The Smoking Gun – The Madman In The Attic
  19. Danny Short – Weekday Daydream – Form Your Opinion
  20. Barrows – Red Giant – Red Giant
  21. Black Lime – Famous – Three Minute Heroes
  22. Total Victory – Mistakes Upon Mistakes – English Martyrs
  23. Harvestman – Cromlech – Music for Megaliths
  24. Demen – Flor – Nektyr
  25. The Vacant Lots – Never Satisfied – Departure
  26. The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones – Departure
  27. Pattern Language – Deeply Recessed Windows – Total Squaresville

Total Squaresville

 

Pattern Language is the new project of Chris Frain. Currently based in Boulder, Colorado, Frain 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. In 2013, Frain decided to pursue a solo electronic music career after a chance viewing of the BBC4 documentary “Synth Britannia”, which made him fall back in love with the sound of the synthesizer.

Apart from sounding similar to krautrock legends like Kraftwerk, Cluster, Harmonia, and La Dusseldorf, the tracks found on ‘Total Squaresville’ showcase Frain drawing heavily on influences from his childhood, including The Art of Noise, Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, and the 1980s iteration of King Crimson. Particularly noteworthy is the use of pre-Roland 808 sounds for the drum machine parts, placing this version of synthwave closer to the late 1970s than the mid-to-late 1980s sound currently dominating this sub-genre.

Tracks like ‘By the Time We Get There’ and ‘Squaresville’ sound like lost Conny Plank projects – complete with simple, direct melodies and motorik-beat rhythms. The Mini-Album’s closer ‘Le Chocs des Etoiles’ (named after the original French title of campy science fiction flop ‘Star Crash’) could easily remind the listener of songs by AIR and Stereolab with its liberal use of Mellotron strings and bongo-heavy percussion. While almost unheard of in popular electronic music, ‘The Castellers’ glides along in 3/4 waltz time, replete with flamenco hand-claps. Electro and space disco-inspired ‘A Pattern Language’, along with the moody minimalist piece ‘Deeply Recessed Windows’, round out the tracklist for this debut release.

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