RANDOM PATTERNS - Creatures Of Teeth

Random Patterns - Creatures Of Teeth

7 songs
39:44 minutes
***** ****
Heard Of Elephants


As a member of the Heard Of Elephants collective, it was to be expected that Californian band Random Patterns wouldn’t make it easy to have their sound categorised. But I could not have hoped for such an original work of art, considering that Creatures Of Teeth is only their first album. The quintet has no need for guitar and bass, instead employs three keyboard and synth players, a saxophonist and a live drummer. Add hypnotic vocals to this stew, and you only have the ingredients, but definitely not the taste. To get there, you have no choice but to listen for yourself.

The CD starts with the three minute short HC SVNT RNDM PTTRNS, which feels like jazz rock minus the guitars. The slightly nasal vocals allow for a more independent rock feeling, while the majestic arrangements show parallels to early progressive rock. The following songs are all between five and eight minutes, full of variety and a total non-respect for current trends. The numerous keyboards cover every possible sound with a predilection for warm retro sounds (organ, electric piano,…). The saxophonist’s performance has a jazzy undertone, achieving a stellar moment of Dum Dee where he’s emulating the quirky craziness of Van der Graaf Generator’s David Jackson. The drumming is sufficiently nervous to make you forget that there is actually no bass guitar present.

A band that is so original is hard to be compared to any other band, although they fit somewhere in the triangle formed by The Mae Shi, Naked Sun and 90 Day Men, of course – need I repeat? – without the guitars and a heavy dose of jazz and progressive rock.

Creatures Of Teeth will be available as a free download for a limited time only, so you better hurry if you don’t want to miss out on one of the most original and refreshing albums I had the honour to review this year. Although spending money on this exceptional debut album would also certainly not be a mistake.

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