Boomkat Product Review:
Warp grip Patten for their 3rd and most widely-appealing album of densely-layered, fractal electronica to follow-up their series of self-released edits and 2014’s standout ESTOILE NAIANT.
Operating with Mensa-levels of calculated intricacy, but with a radiant, absorbingly melodic pop friendliness, Ψ cycles 12 zig-zagging sequences of algorithmic arpeggios perfused with the recent addition of dubbed-out vox used as glossolalic texture rather than legible lyrics or “meaning”.
From initial listens, we’re most struck by the mutant, grimy couplet of Sonne and Dialler at the front of the album, or again the duo of Pixição’s baroque-to-bass styles and and the laser-guided darkwave trap at its centre, and similarly by the warped, hyper-latinate calligraphy of Yyang and 51-61-6’s encrypted chords at the business end.
But the one thing that strikes us throughout is that this is a proper Warp album; playfully clever and emotive in equal measure, hovering on that liminal edge between streams.