Connect_icut – “Crows & Kittwakes Wheel & Come Again” – [Aagoo] | KFJC On-Line Reviews

Nice little review from a college radio station that I’ve actually been to and performed on!

"Hails from Vancouver, Canada, eh.

Moody and atmospheric electronics that seem to weave and glisten like fresh dew on a web.

Comparisons to Oval, slight glitch tendencies.

Melodies that trickle. Midnight Skyline drives in the midst of summer, top down.

Darkly lit, bellisimo!”

190914: Shield Patterns + connect_icut @ The Cumberland Arms


Friday 19th September 2014 @ The Cumberland Arms

£4 in advance / more on the door. Tickets from We Got Tickets.

Doors 8.00pm.

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The newly formed project of Claire Brentnall and Richard Knox; Shield Patterns has always shown a sophistication beyond its age, with first single ‘The Rule’ (Gizeh) gathering attention for it’s blend of minimalism, fragility and warmth. 

Shield Patterns started life in late 2012 with Brentnall working alone on a bunch of home recorded demos. A chance meeting with Knox at her first ever solo show was enough to form an interest in working together in some capacity. Just a few months later and the duo were performing live together whilst also working on the beginnings of new material that would finally form the debut album.

After retiring to the wilderness and isolation of the North Wales countryside, the album was complete and now implying a much darker, richer soundworld… like falling – slowly, gracefully, and not without hope, but still falling; a white shape in the darkness tumbling downwards.

There’s a resolutely unique sound to the music Shield Patterns make. For the most part the melodies are infectious but there’s an undertone of detail that can only be discovered on repeated listens. The duo have painstakingly layered and arranged vocals, beats and various other sounds throughout the songs - something new to hear at each encounter.

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connect_icut is an English abstract electronica artist living in Vancouver, Canada. His latest release, Small Town by the Sea (Aagoo, 2014), is simultaneously connect_icut’s most accessible and most ambitious album. It’s the first to feature a truly solid rhythmic underpinning (aka beats) but it also packs in all manner of epic song structures, processed field recordings and general psychedelic madness.Dedicated to connect_icut’s home-base in Vancouver, Canada, Small Town by the Sea twists familiar environmental sound tropes (bird song, ocean waves) into new shapes, creating an uncannily powerful sense of place and time. As with all connect_icut productions, the results are both enveloping and ominous.

At The Cumberland Arms, James Place Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 1LD.

Recent sightings of connect_icut’s two   albums, at Sonic Boom in Seattle and Audiopile in Vancouver, courtesy of .

My new Livid Code MIDI controller. Compact, sturdy and jam-packed with functionality. Yet to be convinced it justifies the hefty price tag but this one was very cheap used, so…

Small Town by the Sea - MusicZine - Actualit Musicale

If Google Translate is to be believe this is one of the most insightful reviews of Small Town by the Sea so far. Pretty sure it’s the first one to mention the Burial influence. Still amazed nobody’s mentioned Monolake, though.

"Samuel Macklin is English but emigrated there a few years ago in Vancouver, this small town near the sea which inspired his fifth Elpee. "Small Town By The Sea” is his second embodiment of Aagoo, an adventurous label in New Jersey which houses among other works of KK Null, Blevin Blectom, Philippe Petit, AU, Xiu Xiu and Colin Stetson.

This new album is not fundamentally different from the previous. One finds chiseled experimental atmosphere that made ​​the reputation of the artist and allowed him to share many dates with Oneohtrix Point Never and Loscil. But there is still a renewal since Macklin incorporates for the first time micro-rhythms and some bits of unstructured voice. There is also the presence of field recordings as homage forces, the album is full of samples recorded in Vancouver sounds. It is also close by the gentle rocking of the waves Jericho Beach.

It is therefore in the presence of the work the most ambitious and the most complete discography of Connect_icut. A remarkable fusion of glitch electronica, noise and sound of abstractions, skillfully psychedelic and relatively affordable.

However, the disc opens with the most airtight piece in my opinion, the austere "Bird Internet. Gathered cold by the songs of birds chirping and inhuman voice curly, it is difficult to enter this universe is UAVs and micro scratches supported by ghostly beats almost martial. Despite this climate a bit tight, some trance sets and includes regular comparisons with Oneohtrix Point Never and Oval.

"Tennis Players” is a glitch revisits a piece of Australian group Otouto. The charming voice of the singer Hazel Brown (collaborator among other Serengeti) is tortured and finely chopped but retains some post-nuclear poetry.

Then comes the excellent “Bathrom Mirror” and its river drones. Repetitive bass, almost menacing, like a knell, gives an atmosphere of funeral procession, Mass transique the most electronica song on the album.

In “74 Guitars" appears inevitably a sample of guitar in the middle of a string of sounds that come and go. Evanescent dronique melody through these abstract and psychedelic sound layers. Some bits of the Sunday Morning Celesta arise sporadically, although tormented by the Max / MSP, the software used by Macklin.

The last two parts conclude masterfully "Small Town By The Sea”. "Big Siobhán" offers a demonic progression. Minimalist and haunting melody that runs through the piece gives it a stunning atmosphere, almost claustrophobic reinforced loop mutant voice. It is not far from the world of Burial. And "Cat Town” final we immersed for 11 minutes in dreamlike climates where ambient light wind drones.

In short, a great sound experience both enveloping and threatening, exciting and disturbing, which should be reported, enjoys relatively different mixes on CD and vinyl (on furrow versions are elongated and more ethereal). Highly recommended for fans of the genre.”

Rumtopf/001: a night of beautiful electronic noise