Artist: Go Native
Album: Sleep Patterns
Number of Tracks: 6
Release Date: 5 April 2014
Label: Scruff of the Neck Records
Having gained solid recognition on the Manchester circuit since their formation in 2013, Go Native are planning to release their debut EP, Sleep Patterns on 5 April.
Ethereally eery accurately describes Beaten By Butterflies, the EP’s opening number. Extremely abstract in it’s nature, it doesn’t really show any of the dance music characteristics that the following tracks exhibit. It culminates in an emotional yet somber climax, a strange listening experience so early on in the record. As you reach this point it feels like a breach between two worlds, a journey in one just coming to an end, with another about to start, an atmosphere maintained by this dark, indiscernible, amorphous cadence.
Make your way through this musical wormhole and we arrive at the record’s title track. Although these blurry dark undertones still remain, we’re greeted eagerly in the opening bars by a drum rhythm and synth hook straight out of the 80s. This starts to add a little infectious bounce to the composition.
This retro pop strain is maintained through the echoing melodies of Napoleon. Once we reach last year’s single, Atom Heart, though, their’s an initial resurfacing of the darker elements that seeded the EP’s sound in Beaten By Butterflies.
This reminder of Sleep Pattern’s musical root is further explored by Dunes, which embarks on a floating journey through stellar, twinkling electronic modulations. All this comes to a head with Electric Chair, which rounds off the EP in a euphoric flourish of electronic pop.
What I’ve found to be the case with many shorter electronic releases, is that songs will usually share a few common sounds but always manage to develop themselves into becoming part of a bigger piece. This is something Sleep Patterns does very well as an EP. Despite Beaten By Butterflies’ transition into the title track feeling unnatural, further listening shows references to this initial point throughout, creating a very legitimate feat of electronic composing.
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