Pattern is Movement

Pattern Is Movement

Founded in Philadelphia by Andrew Thiboldeaux and Christopher Ward, Pattern Is Movement and its twelve year history map a vast territory of internal exploration and external output. As the band recorded a series of albums over the past decade — The (Im)possibility of Longing, Stowaway, and All Together — they also shifted in membership and in stylistic focus, eventually solidifying into a powerful duo: Thiboldeaux on Rhodes, synth, bass, and vocals, and Ward on drums. Deeply soulful and natively genre-defying, they toured extensively, joining bands like St. Vincent, The Roots, and Shudder to Think, before delving into their fourth album and, along with it, the brightest and darkest corners of composition, orchestration, and collaboration. Years in the making, Pattern Is Movement's new album will be released in January 2014 by Hometapes.

The Spinto Band

Nine months after the release of Shy Pursuit, The Spinto Band swiftly returns with a new full-length record, Cool Cocoon. Recorded again at their Delaware studio and released on Spintonic Recordings, the album represents a remarkable change of pace. There is more collaboration between songwriters, more spontaneity in the recording process and a distinctively focused sonic direction. Combined, these elements have formed their most cohesive album to date.

Like the caterpillar and the moth, the recordings on Cool Cocoon have elements which are related yet disparate. The tight pop arrangements of "Amy + Jen" are in stark contrast with the airy abstractions of "Static", which are both juxtaposed against the vastly stripped down "Look Away". These songs are wholly different beings who all share the same DNA. The record often combines their pristine studio production with more of the carefree experimentation from the band's early basement recording days. As heard on the debut single "Shake It Off", the song quickly falls from buoyant piano pop into a murky sea of cassette tape warble. Many of the songs rely on this balance of order and entropy, both sonically and spiritually.

All in all, it's something you'd expect from the Spinto Band: familiar, but also like nothing you've ever heard. There is a keen awareness of their past connected with a look towards the future. To hear such contrast within a modern pop record is refreshing, and it is even more rewarding when these variations and oppositions work sympathetically with one another. With Cool Cocoon, you're hearing a time-lapse of The Spinto Band's metamorphosis.

Norwegian Arms

Three years, two EPs and one album since his Siberian sojourn, Keith Birthday of Norwegian Arms has turned his focus away from the confines of his tiny apartment in the Taiga, which largely informed the songs on their debut LP, Wolf Like a Stray Dog. That doesn't mean that the sunny folk music generated by his time in Tomsk, Russia has become any less relevant, or that the sound has changed drastically. Instead, it's morphed from real-time cultural awe and suffering to nostalgia, and while the memories remain, new ones have taken their place. That being said, nothing has, or perhaps ever will, replace the childhood mandolin on which these songs are written, perhaps the only constant in this ever-evolving project.

In the time since returning to his native Philadelphia, Birthday has found new beauty in the wreckage that surrounds his post-industrial warehouse apartment. Dilapidated buildings, shifting friendships, and late night bicycle rides inform this new batch of songs, a celebration of deeper personal understanding. Still deeply influenced by his continued travels, these new songs draw from trips to South America and Europe, and the sense of Wanderlust remains.

Still obsessed with languages and their systems, Birthday refers to these new songs as imperfective, referring to verb 'aspect' present in Slavic languages, which focuses on the current process, not a past event or a future result. He still feels strongly that it's about the journey, not the destination, a spirit still embodied by these songs.

Worshyper

Worshyper is a progressive modern R&B group from Philadelphia. They have released an Ep, Happened, through the family member owned, charitable philadelphia label Human Kindness Overflowing. The group has recently completed a full length album. "The Philadelphia trio place soul in every empty crevice." -DIY UK "Twenties is fresh, seductive and perfect tease for a full length." "Intimate and idiosyncratic." -Cassette Rewind

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Thursday, October 24 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM at Union Transfer