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PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
PATTERN-SEEKING ANIMALS
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
INSIDEOUT MUSIC
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
""Pattern-Seeking Animals" offers a very beautiful album, succeeding in delivering content that is both catchy and conceptual, with an impeccable interpretation."
DARIALYS - 04.07.2019 -
After Tool's return, Pattern-Seeking Animals' first eponymous album was certainly one of the most anticipated progressive rock albums of the year. And for good reason, the neo-supergroup's line-up is attractive. With Ted Leonard, Jimmy Keegan and Dave Meros, the Spock's Beard band is more than represented. To this trio is added John Boegehold, composer and producer, and his presence is decisive since he is the man behind the project. After writing several songs in early 2018, Boegehold was looking for musicians to record an album and then decided to focus on the three friends of the leading group on the American progressive scene, who would co-write some of the songs on the opus.

Musically, the strong man of the project himself says having tried to create a progressive and complex content, while keeping an immediate and melodic side. The first track of the album,'No Burden Left To Carry', will require several listenings to understand it as a whole and to appreciate it and its richness at their true value. Spock's Beard's influence is clear, as expected. The constructions are rich, the atmosphere changes are legion, giving the title a very dynamic aspect. In the same vein, on 'Orphans Of The Universe', Pattern-Seeking Animals does what it does best, namely convoluted developments and a sharpened sense of melody, while keeping an immediate side with a chorus, as often, well conducted.

The middle of the album tends to have a more pop/rock orientation, like "Noise Floor", the latest production of Spock's Beard. This doesn't prevent the band from making some very good songs. From the rock single 'No One Ever Died And Made Me King' to the magnificent romantic and very melodic ballad 'Fall Away' on which we could even dance a slow, as well as the very good 'These Are My Things' whose spirit could remind us of Blackfield's 'The Hole In Me', there is something for everyone, not to mention the nostalgic fans of the 100% progressive era of 'The Light', with Neal Morse in the lead.

Only the end of the album seems somewhat below the average quality level. 'No Land's Man' never really takes off and won't leave a lasting impression, while the last track 'Stars Along The Way' doesn't bring any real added value to the record, despite its ten minutes and its pleasant character.

This is therefore a first winning move for the new US band, which with "Pattern-Seeking Animals" offers a very beautiful album, succeeding in delivering content that is both catchy and conceptual, with an irreproachable interpretation. Good news for record lovers: John Boegehold has already announced that a first tour is planned, with one or two additional musicians to transcribe the energy and complexity of the record. Even better, still according to him, a second album is already being written... So if you are a fan of progressive music, hurry up and have a look at this first nugget, while waiting for the next one!

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SIMILAR BANDS

SPOCK'S BEARD, KAYAK

TRACK LISTING

01. No Burden Left to Carry
02. The Same Mistakes Again
03. Orphans of the Universe
04. No One Ever Died and Made Me King
05. Fall Away
06. These Are My Things
07. We Write the Ghost Stories
08. No Land's Man
09. Stars Along the Way


LINEUP

Jimmy Keegan: Chant / Batterie
Dave Meros: Basse
John Boegehold: Claviers
Ted Leonard: Chant / Guitares


TAGS:
70's, Easy Listening / FM, Fusion
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