Shield Patterns is the newly formed project of Manchester-based artist Claire Brentnall, whilst still in its infancy, shows a sophistication beyond these early days. Dusted with delicate vocals and rudimentary beats and loops, her music is wintry and fragile, and suffused with a strong emotional warmth. The songs are born in sporadic, cathartic bursts, with subtle poetry inseparably intertwined with spiralling piano phrases, tender strings, and hypnotic synth patterns. The understated sweetness of Brentnall's voice is offset by dub-influenced bass-lines and restless beats, creating unexpectedly textural songs that are inherently minimalist, yet infectiously hummable.
The debut single from this highly promising artist is entitled 'The Rule' and is released by Gizeh Records on September 2nd, backed with a remix of the same song by Mercury Award winners Alt-J. Thom Sonny Green from the band kindly offered up his remix skills and so we are delighted to include this with the single. A further remix of the track by Thinnen is also included.
The name Shield Patterns is a term that Brentnall invented to describe her experience of living with a form of arithromania: the compulsion to count and internally create patterns from words and numbers. A habitual routine that she has experienced since childhood, these patterns unconsciously became types of personal mantras and means of protection from unresolved anxieties.
"Her fragile vocals are supported by a backbone of refined beats and samples. Our Song of the Day is the hypnotising ‘The Rule’ which is accompanied by an ataractic video which is both beautiful and alluring." Glasgow Podcart
"A very Kate Bush sounding affair which transports you back to when you first heard the wonder that was 'Wuthering Heights'" Never Enough Notes
“Sparse and minimal, yet complex and unpredictable, tones and drones seep over irregular and unconventional beats, where glitch meets tribal sounds to create something that sounds truly otherworldly.”
Whiserpin & Hollerin
"The Rule, is a delicate, fragile, mysterious and soft track; it’s minimal yet warm. Very much looking forward hearing more!" Front Stage
1. The Rule
2. The Rule (Thom alt-J Remix)
3. The Rule (Thinnen Remix)