Published Feb 21, 2014Signing to Warp for his fourth album feels like a natural move for patten, given that his sound has always most echoed the British home of braindance and electronic brutalism. It was the release of GLAQJO XAACSSO back in 2011, followed by a series of great live performances, that put patten firmly on the map, and ESTOILE NAIANT works as a satisfying continuation of patten's work, albeit one that moves his sound in a sideways direction.
The music patten creates has always blended the nebulous with the precise, but ESTOILE NAIANT is hazier and less beat-focused than GLAQJO XAACSSO, coming across like Actress on the right meds with less of the classic IDM influence. With its heavy use of layering, opening track "Gold Arc" sounds at times uncomfortably like two tracks playing at once, whereas the tighter "Drift" sounds more like classic Warp. patten wears the influence of artists such as Plaid, Oneohtrix Point Never and Richard H. Kirk on his sleeve, but patten's own abstract take on the sound is still his own.
Read an interview with patten here. (Warp)