Waking Lines

Patterns - Waking Lines
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Based on 8 reviews
2014 Ratings: #722 / 845
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Based on 9 ratings
January 6, 2014 / Release Date
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Neo-Psychedelia / Genres
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Themes of late-night hallucinations and dreamlike states are achieved by combining sounds that hark back to Cocteau Twins with the more chillwave-y trans-Atlantic influences of, say, Youth Lagoon.

The Line of Best Fit

Waking Lines is an ambitious premiere, but one that’s not had all it’s misshapen foibles ironed out. Patterns have, however, ensured that they’ll remain inside people’s heads for a considerable time to come.


What it lacks perhaps in originality, it certainly more than delivers in getting, keeping and rewarding the listener's attention.

The Skinny

With a relatively narrow selection of tricks at their disposal, a sense of déjà vu enters somewhere in the second half – a hazy sameness that initially augments the pretty, diaphanous dreaminess, but which over repeated listens diminishes the album’s magnetism.


Waking Lines may not always hit the mark, but for a debut effort it offers lashings of promise for Patterns’ future if they can either hone their songwriting skills or take a detour down the lengthy drone-pop street.

The 405

It's a worthy exhibition of a palatial set of elements that combine genres of dream-pop, shoegaze and indie, which stretch slightly toward a bit of psych-pop.

It takes a while to get to actually like the songs on 'Waking Lines' cause of its homogeneous even flat output, though in the end there are some catchy pop tunes as well as some hidden gems in it. You must make a choice with these guys for they kinda feel dated as soon as they started. I did, and I happen to like them. Fav tracks: Blood, Waking Lines and Wrong Two Words.
"El primer shot de los “americanos no electrónicos” Patterns, consigue ganarse el cariño del que lo escuche, aunque titubee constantemente".

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Ambitious pop with powerfull rays that stumble in their own distorted ego.
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Track List

  1. This Haze
  2. Blood 
  3. Broken Trains 
  4. Face Marks 
  5. Our Ego 
  6. Waking Lines
  7. Street Fires 
  8. Wrong Two Words
  9. Induction 
  10. Climbing Out
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Added on: January 3, 2014