Pattern is Movement
All Together


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brent Stephenson USER (67 Reviews)
December 5th, 2008 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An album so pleasant it's almost...well...kind of cute.

Pattern Is Movement is a bit of an oddity, and I don't use that term lightly. Aside from their music, which can be best described as some sort of indie/jazz/pop fusion, their appearance alone is enough to leave a puzzled look on one's face. The last people on earth you would expect to make music like this would probably be two older, pear shaped gentleman with gloriously full beards, wearing plaid shirts and suspenders, but that is just what PIM consists of. Two rather portly, balding, gruff looking men playing music that could be described as dainty, airy, lighthearted, and whimsical. These two men are drummer, Chris Ward, and multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Andrew Thiboldeaux.

As simple and playful as the music itself comes off, there are a plethora of interesting things going on underneath the cloak of simplicity. Chris Ward's drumming would, at times, feel right at home on a math rock record, and Thiboldeaux's mastery of pretty much anything with keys is nothing to scoff at. The rhythmic qualities of the music are what really sets PIM apart from their peers. Quite a few of the drumbeats are polyrhythmic, and the overall beats of the songs themselves are often twisted around, creating quite a few complex and contorted rhythmic structures throughout the album, but never so complex that it makes the songs feel off kilter to the point of being overwhelming. Theoretical jargon aside, the album is just really a joy to listen to, as Thiboldeaux has a knack for picking instruments that fit the mood of a track in a nigh perfect manner. Pianos, keyboards, accordions, horn sections, violins, airy electronics, and a veritable smorgasbord of others make appearances all over the album, and each one just fits so perfectly with the settings and feelings presented in the tracks in which they preside. For example, accordions and string sections, which often employ very elongated notes and melodies, are used to accentuate Thiboldeaux's crooning of "I hope that she is proud of me" in the song Right Away (which almost sounds like the theme song to The Office for the first few seconds if you aren't paying attention). Which brings me to another positive aspect of the album. Andrew Theiboldeaux's voice is quite possibly as soft and soothing as Downy fabric softener, and I'm not saying that to be funny; it really is the best way to describe it. For such a burly looking individual to produce such a gentle and crooning voice is really just plain odd, but, like everything else on the album, it works beautifully.

All Together is not only just a great album in general, but also a great example of how music can be both interesting and challenging, and still manage to be easily accessible. Call it indie, call it nu-jazz, call it avant-pop, really you can just call it whatever you want to, but this album will more than likely be appealing to you if you just give it a chance, and as charming as it is, why wouldn't you want to? If I had to sum this album up with one singular thought/idea this would be it...(for those of you who do not have/have never had a girlfriend/boyfriend, this might not make sense). You know that feeling, when you're just laying around with your significant other, and there's that brief little moment where you both lock eyes and smile, and he/she lets out a little cute sigh of content...yeah...this album is like that moment...(yeah it's overly sentimental but I don't care)



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marksellsuswallets
December 5th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been really digging this album a lot lately. This was one of the biggest surprises for me this year

bastard
December 5th 2008


3435 Comments


review looks pretty top-heavy, the first two paragraphs are pretty big, while the latter two are tiny.

other than that, good job.

kingsoby1
Emeritus
December 5th 2008


4950 Comments


don't say things are gay in your reviews, unless you're making fun of homophobia.

marksellsuswallets
December 5th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah now that I think about it that last sentence should be attached to the end of the conclusion...silly me

Yeah sorry about that I just got frustrated because I couldn't think of the the right word but I fixed it I believeThis Message Edited On 12.05.08

Bleak123
December 5th 2008


1902 Comments


good review man, i'll look into this

bastard
December 5th 2008


3435 Comments


okay better mark.

Knott-
Emeritus
December 5th 2008


10198 Comments


i love how i can tell where the word 'gay' used to be XD

nice review, might check this out.

P13
December 5th 2008


1327 Comments


That's a monster of a paragraph in the middle there.
nice review, and i'm not saying that to be funny

marksellsuswallets
December 6th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it is quite large but there isn't really a place to split it up since it's all dealing with the same thing

And omg I cannot stop listening to Sound of Your Voice it's so good...This Message Edited On 12.06.08

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2008


20857 Comments


"...a little cute sigh of content". Oh, that's so not right for this website Brent. Haha.
Good review, although I know you can do one further thing... Go on... Add some recommendations... Because right now I can't sonically picture indie/jazz/pop.


marksellsuswallets
December 6th 2008


4848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wish more people would pay attention to this
Oh and Davey, I added a couple of recommendations...I did the best I could but there simply aren't enough albums similar to this one that are more well known :/

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
December 6th 2008


20857 Comments


Well, I know Maps And Atlases and I think that addition could still be very handy for people because if they like M & A, then they will be more likely to check this out.

HuggyBear
August 20th 2009


118 Comments


These guys performed at the indie club at my school with so many dynamos, they may play cute music but let me tell you it is LOUD

brutebeard
October 8th 2010


1655 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

More people on this site should know about these brutes

dcha
May 17th 2013


990 Comments


This is a modern classic.

dcha
May 17th 2013


990 Comments


Stowaway I don't like, but (Im)Possibility is also really great.



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