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Pattern is Movement

"The (Im)possibility of Movement" CD

Noreaster Failed Industries

Genres: math-rock, indie rock, indie pop

band website

Mar 28 - Apr 3 2005

1 cup math-rock, 1/2 cup melodic indie rock, 1/2 cup experimental pop.  Blend in medium bowl, pour into pan, bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.  Pattern Is Movement is what you get.  These guys have an eye for connoisseur-like self-production (read the recording notes here), which, I suppose, is necessary for a record as detailed and complex as this.  However, for all their convolution and experimentation, PIM is a pretty accessible band.  These songs seem to hoist their melodies almost warily above exact layers of rhythm and sound, ending up somewhere between Faraquet and Pinback, with a lush pop sensibility (as evidenced by the delicate hooks of "Non Servium" and "Gunsmith") combined with an edgy angularity.  The band's sound is quite unusual, but it really works - it's nice to see all this originality has been channeled into a successful venture.  While this is a pretty brief record, there's loads of stuff to pick up on.  Whether you like math-rock or just melodic indie pop/rock, there should be more than enough here to warrant your attention.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]