Man, how good is Pattern Is Movement? I get the sense that far too few people have seen or heard much from the experimental Philly duo. People should change that. Our first brush with their live thing came last October, on the eve of the outstanding All Together, which still stands as one of my favorite records of 2008. It’s the rare sort of brainy, emotional, avant album that is too much fun to write about, and yet the best description for the band’s sound in this latest, two-piece lineup unsurprisingly comes from drummer Chris Ward himself in an interview with Gothamist: “[It’s] Questlove’s drumming meeting Julie Andrew’s singing with the wonderful arrangements of Rogers and Hammerstein.” While that underplays his and Andrew’s mathier and art pop elements, you can verify Ward’s word on this live video of All Together standout “Sound Of Your Voice,” recorded by the folks at Baeble Music during the band’s buzzed about set After The Jump festival:
I couldn’t make that show but heard that they owned it, so it’s nice to have some videographic proof of the awesomeness in action. (If you like, check the whole show at Baeble.) Anyway, now’s a good time to dig into the Pattern Is Movement movement — there’s a mini-flurry of internettable activity of late. First up, here’s their recently released La Blogothèque session, featuring Andrew and Chris wandering the streets of the LES during CMJ and singing “Right Away”:
Make sure to compare with the studio version:
All Together is out via Hometapes.