Friday 19th September 2014 @ The Cumberland Arms
£4 in advance / more on the door. Tickets from We Got Tickets.
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.
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.