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Mirror Breathing

by Shield Patterns

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Dusk 04:50
Cerulean 04:59
Sleepdrunk 05:40
On Needing 03:45
Bruises 04:35
Anymore 03:23
Glow 05:07


Where it’s predecessors took a more stark, electronic and processed approach, Mirror Breathing is an altogether warmer, more cinematic record. The cello of guest collaborator Julia Kent (Antony & the Johnsons / The Leaf Label) introduces a new element and a new energy to the sound, pulling the songs into a more symphonic form. The electronics, drones and field recordings are intricately and painstakingly arranged by the duo, meandering between haunting vocal passages, clarinet swells and delicate synth phrases. The album ebbs and flows through hypnotic beats (Dusk, Blue Shutters, Glow), ethereal and tender piano-led songs (Bruises, Anymore) to more aggressive, heavily experimental, free-jazz elements (Balance & Scatter).


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Continuing the fiercely DIY ethos adopted by both band and label, Mirror Breathing has been written, recorded and produced in its entirety by Claire Brentnall and Knox in their home studio in the Peak District. The record is both personal and universal; an exploration in sound and songwriting. The music Shield Patterns are making is difficult to place into genres or pigeon-holes. Experimental sounds are married to striking, inventive melodies throughout; it’s contemporary pop music of sorts with a richly detailed cosmic edge.


released September 2, 2016

Claire Brentnall - Words, Voice, Piano, Clarinet, Electronics, Synths
Richard Knox - Electronics, Synths, Field Recordings, FX
w/ Julia Kent - Cello {5,6,10}
Written, recorded, produced & mixed at Cloud Blunt Moon by CB & RK
Artwork by CB & RK // Mastered by Lawrence English @ 158.


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