A new year, and another new Endless Window promotion to whisper sweet, sexy nothings into your ears. On Friday 3rd February Manchester’s Shield Patterns will blur your senses with intricate ambient pop and generous helpings of electronic experimentation at Newcastle’s Cumberland Arms. 2016’s Mirror Breathing received acclaim from all quarters for its delicate blend of intimate and grandiose songwriting.
Dusk, from their recent album, is the perfect introduction as Richard Knox creates widescreen filmic atmospherics that encompass industrial sounding thunks and organic rustlings; offset by the other-worldly vocals of Claire Brentnall that are like beams of sunlight breaking through the darkest clouds. Operating with a fiercely DIY ethos, Shield Patterns is, at its simplest, an exploration in sound and songwriting. The experimental is bound to striking, inventive melodies and wrapped up inside a rich, heavy, ethereal blanket.
Local support comes from Jarrow’s recently reinvigorated People Making Noises, who with a new line-up and a recently released EP We Set Sail are on the cusp of taking their jangly, mathy, instrumental rock to the next level.
Also on the bill are the enigmatic Supertunes, who make a return to Endless Window with their fists dripping with the residue of psychedelic post-rock and 1980s soundtrack electro.