Shoegazing Manchester newcomers' debut is more than just a Cocteau Twins throwback
Initially breaking through in late 2011 with melancholic single ‘Induction,’ Patterns could easily have pulled the trigger early on this debut album, especially after fellow Mancunians Money and Pins surged past them last year. Holding off’s served them well, though, and ‘Waking Lines’ is a success. Themes of late-night hallucinations and dreamlike states are achieved by combining sounds that hark back to Cocteau Twins with the more chillwave-y trans-Atlantic influences of, say, Youth Lagoon. ‘Our Ego’ perfectly demonstrates this, but the four-piece are equally handy at brain-lodging indie pop (‘Blood’) and full-blown experimental Animal Collectivisms (‘Wrong Two Words’.) Patterns had drifted into the background, but ‘Waking Lines’ should change that.
Simon Jay Catling