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1. Sunset in Stoke Newington

2. A beer I had at my friend’s wife’s sister’s husband’s restaurant

3. Where my train broke down just south of York

4. Shield Patterns rocking it at the Cumberland Arms in Newcastle

190914: Shield Patterns + connect_icut @ The Cumberland Arms

Reminder for North-East of England people. This is happening on Friday. Don’t miss it!

onthebridges:

Friday 19th September 2014 @ The Cumberland Arms

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

Doors 8.00pm.

Facebook event | Last.FM event

SHIELD PATTERNS
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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.

CONNECT_ICUT
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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.

connect_icut's Small Town by the Sea reviewed on À Découvrir Absolument

My mother, who is a French teacher by profession went to the trouble of translating these reviews. She noted that this was no easy task, due to the… poetic nature of the writing. Anyway, here’s what she came up with…

Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again
This disc has been playing on a loop at my home like a bird circling over a place without ever landing and it is probably not by chance that a bird illustrates the superb cover of this album by Connect_icut.

If this comes to us from Vancouver this musician and producer has certainly watched, filmed  and scrutinised the smallest movements of some birds to be able to touch on this point of meeting between music and the delight of the animal ability of which we are most jealous, that of being able to fly.

And we are going to hover over the weather of these six electronic tracks as we would over a MBV disc, except that with them the disturbances transform flight into a series of conversations with death. With Connect_icut the conversation is held with the elements by means of electronic ambiences which are sweet and totally trippy without ever sending us to sleep. This fourth album seems to introduce an unedited dialogue between sounds coming from machines and timeless actions, without any translation, just by the universality of the noises, the sounds.

Rare are the discs which are so uncompromising, which can pride themselves on not losing their listener under the weight of drooping eyelids. Connect_icut can boast that; his disc transports us without ever rocking us to sleep. It gives us the un-hoped for chance to fly and to reflect with that lovely insouciance of a bird. An important and poignant disc.

Small Town by the Sea
What a lovely journey to take! How wonderfully it espouses a more and more evident search for what is universal. Connect_icut has progressively learned the language, not just for speaking, not just for better communication. If his language is as gratingly abrasive as the cat which thinks it is licking us, it starts to lose this roughness and touch the sensors under our skin which bring on that longing to find happiness, peace and the desire just to be at one with one’s surroundings.

Small Town by the Sea is perhaps an important marker on this journey. The link with the others can be made from here on in. Like that cat, almost wild, which was hiding behind the sounds emitted, just as one tries to seduce another by showing him perhaps the worst of oneself, Connect_icut has tamed us while bringing himself under control, instituting a dialogue which can be placed in the list of courtship rituals, between the ellipses, attractive curves and turns, but with the claws always ready, as if the colour distracts the spectator and comfort sends him to sleep.

Here electronic music dresses itself up as an affectionate cat on the look-out, a form of repose with the purpose of better taming oneself, a step towards a dialogue between the body and the soul. More and more essential.

connect-icut:

Ah, the French… so poetic… so good at confusing Google Translate…

This course is nice to follow. It marries beautifully research increasingly obvious universal. Connet_Icut will gradually learned the language, not to speak, not just to communicate better. If language was the abrasiveness of the rasp when the cat will lick us think she started losing this roughness to touch the touch sensors that drain under our skin that urge to find happiness, peace and the desire to do at one with his surroundings.

Small Town By The Sea" may be an important marker in this course. The link with others can now be done. As cat, almost savage was behind the sounds they sent, as we try to seduce the other showing him may be the worst of his being, we Connect_Icut tamed while mastering himself, engaging in dialogue may fall into the list of parades love between ellipses, attractive curves, the rolls, but the claws always prepared as if the color distracts the viewer, comfort sleep this one.

The electronics adorned by a cuddly feline look of the watch and a form of rest to better tame a step towards a dialogue with the body and mind. Increasingly indispensable.

And here’s (roughly) what they said about Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again

"This disc will be shot in home loop, like a bird that would turn over a place without ever asking. And it is not also a likely chance that a volatile illustrates the superb cover of this album Connect_Icut. If this one comes to us from Vancouver, musician and producer has certainly watched, filmed and scrutinized every make gestures of some birds to reach this point of convergence between music and the pleasure of the animal we are jealous gesture more, the person flying.

And the time of the six electronic tracks we’ll soar like we could do it on a disc of My Bloody Valentine, except that home disturbances transform the flight in a series of conversations with the dead. Connect_Icut with the conversation using the elements through electronic atmospheres, sweet, totally trippy, without ever falling asleep. This fourth album seems to begin a new dialogue between sounds from machines and age-old rituals, without translation, just by the universality of noises, sounds.

Few records as intransigent can boast not to lose the listener quickly under the weight of too weighted eyelids. Connect_Icut can boast of this, its hard carrying us without ever rocking, giving us the opportunity to steal unexpected and reflect with great insouciance of a bird. An important and poignant record.”

Shield Patterns at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on 19th September 2014

Featuring support from connect_icut!

connect_icut's Small Town by the Sea reviewed on À Découvrir Absolument

Ah, the French… so poetic… so good at confusing Google Translate…

This course is nice to follow. It marries beautifully research increasingly obvious universal. Connet_Icut will gradually learned the language, not to speak, not just to communicate better. If language was the abrasiveness of the rasp when the cat will lick us think she started losing this roughness to touch the touch sensors that drain under our skin that urge to find happiness, peace and the desire to do at one with his surroundings.

Small Town By The Sea" may be an important marker in this course. The link with others can now be done. As cat, almost savage was behind the sounds they sent, as we try to seduce the other showing him may be the worst of his being, we Connect_Icut tamed while mastering himself, engaging in dialogue may fall into the list of parades love between ellipses, attractive curves, the rolls, but the claws always prepared as if the color distracts the viewer, comfort sleep this one.

The electronics adorned by a cuddly feline look of the watch and a form of rest to better tame a step towards a dialogue with the body and mind. Increasingly indispensable.

And here’s (roughly) what they said about Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again

"This disc will be shot in home loop, like a bird that would turn over a place without ever asking. And it is not also a likely chance that a volatile illustrates the superb cover of this album Connect_Icut. If this one comes to us from Vancouver, musician and producer has certainly watched, filmed and scrutinized every make gestures of some birds to reach this point of convergence between music and the pleasure of the animal we are jealous gesture more, the person flying.

And the time of the six electronic tracks we’ll soar like we could do it on a disc of My Bloody Valentine, except that home disturbances transform the flight in a series of conversations with the dead. Connect_Icut with the conversation using the elements through electronic atmospheres, sweet, totally trippy, without ever falling asleep. This fourth album seems to begin a new dialogue between sounds from machines and age-old rituals, without translation, just by the universality of noises, sounds.

Few records as intransigent can boast not to lose the listener quickly under the weight of too weighted eyelids. Connect_Icut can boast of this, its hard carrying us without ever rocking, giving us the opportunity to steal unexpected and reflect with great insouciance of a bird. An important and poignant record.”