The UK duo — well-known within underground electronic circles — have managed to maintain their anonymity over the years, letting little slip in the way of personal details. (It's presumed A joined the group shortly after appearing in the video for "Winter strobing.") The effect is that listeners, devoid of any real knowledge of patten's polymorphic producers, are able to give themselves fully to the music.
On ψ, patten continue to push the boundaries of their sound and genre. This album is one that changes with each play through, giving way to multiple interpretations like a shifting kaleidoscope. The tracks are jarring, stark, intense, busy, layered, distorted, a combination of calculated chaos and beats that poke and prod at the mind. Standouts include the shimmering "True Hold," with its uniform lyrics provided by A, and the undulating "Used 2 b."
While ψ certainly isn't for everyone, it's nonetheless an important album that strives to get us to think outside the boom box. (Warp)