Loud Patterns is the debut album by London-based Makeness (Kyle Molleson). It’s quite loud, and it entails a lot of various musical patterns. With its colourful, swaggering art-rock approach to dance and electro-indie, the record sounds like a confident collaboration between Caribou and Hot Chip.
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This is a temper tantrum. It’s a gloopy dance record screaming that it wants to get off the floor right this instance. Layers of smooth, lilting pop music wrestle with dissonant scowls and chalkboard screeches, the whole thing unsure whether it’s bubbly or broken. You might wanna call Makeness in for a comparison to Caribou, but his music is texturally overdriven and messily jubilant in a way his peers have never quite been.
And so he calls it ‘Loud Patterns’, for that’s what it is: gorgeous dance tunes inspired by Dilla, Detroit and our very own local institution Cosmic Slop, all dowsed in calamity. I love how busy and bitty tunes like “Who Am I To Follow Love” sound, a stifling debris that seems to contradict the smooth pop song streamlined on top. With lovely nods to jazz and r&b, the track should simply groove into the next, but Makeness’ production is full of the natural murk that makes techno acts like Blondes feel that little bit off-kilter.
Of course, the tunes themselves are at the fore, and they’re great: “Stepping out of Sync” should appeal to fans of Hot Chip with its squeaky synth stabs, and maybe its fair share of Jai Paul enthusiasts, Makeness’ honeyed vocals and sentimental chords going after the heart. As it develops, the thing becomes more clear, but Makeness retains those determined, noisy sideways glares: “Rough Moss” is harshness and sirens and brick-a-brack, the whole room surely shaken with defeat. But a firm beat keeps the party going.
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