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- Pattern Damage by Rian Treanor
8/10 Ant Staff review, 11 August 2016
Northern England's Rian Treanor returns to The Death of Rave for a second EP blurring the lines between computer music, sound art and the dancefloor. Each copy comes in a sleeve screen-printed by the young man himself.
‘Pattern A1’ gets going with a huge electronic springy, twanging sound and some juddering kicks. The sound morphing in and out of rhythmic/ computer noise, while the kicks threaten to erupt into carnage but remain restrained. It kinda makes me imagine huge steel string, the diameter of a 12” record being plucked by a giant and reverberating inside the hull of a gargantuan submarine.
As soon as ‘Pattern A2’ kicks in I’m doing that “on the way to the dancefloor dance” all complex 2-step garage shuffle with pristine sound palette of shiny metal, clunking and clanging away. It’s a right itchy bugger of a dynamic rhythm - yet there’s a consistent groove running throughout that makes it most danceable - the luxurious dubby chords add a sweet emotional resonance that makes this far from sterile, soulless machine music.
Over on the flip is ‘Damage B1’ where playful squeaky melodies dance like popcorn around punchy kicks. Somewhere between quirky house and footwork; with a slick palette very much in the SND realm.
‘Damage B2’ goes off like a set of clockwork robots jamming dub techno/ Sheffield Bleep from the future; tinkling spoons into complex unfolding rhythmic shapes.
Despite the fact that this EP is clearly very precision tooled, there’s certainly no lack of funk. This is joyous music and a huge amount of fun.
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