Pattern of Excel

Lee Bannon - Pattern of Excel
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Based on 11 reviews
2015 Ratings: #567 / 771
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Based on 10 ratings
July 10, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Ambient, Electronic / Genres
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At present, ambience is in and jungle is out, the dark atmospherics that haunted the edges of Alternate/Endings now taking centre stage in the form of solemn, largely beatless soundscapes.


Pattern of Excel shows the latest brilliant incarnation of an artist who's sure to have many in the years to come.


Pattern of Excel is possibly the most avant-garde release in Ninja Tune's long history, and may seem like a stark departure from Lee Bannon's earlier works, but it's really just a continuation of his tendency to follow his fearlessly creative spirit into uncharted territory.

While all the songs are good, they also sound like the work of someone trying his hand at something new. In no way does Bannon come across a soundscaping rookie, but there are times in which the patchwork approach he takes comes across as a little haphazard.
It feels, in many ways, like a fistful of sketches torn from the notebook and tossed to the wind. Making sense of the ways they fall is part of the pleasure of this quiet, cryptic record.
Tiny Mix Tapes
It’s music for summertime, with its popsicle and car exhaustion, but also occasionally for winter, with its frozen puddles and haunted perimeters. The music forms a landscape passing way out in the distance, with a sparse thread of bafflement.
It's his latest, aural piece of art with temporary value.
It lasts while you are present then it simply stops reacting.
Like a scrapbook of excellent ambient sounds and half-ideas. If there were a stronger through-line to connect them this would be an outstanding album.
Still plenty to enjoy though and perfect for the pre-dawn hours.
Lee Bannon is definitely one of the more interesting electronic artists out there currently, if not always the most consistent. Here, he goes into an ambient/experimental direction that is reminiscent of Oneohtrix Point Never or the artists on the PAN label. When the songs work, as in the two singles from this album, it's some of Bannon's best music yet. Pattern of Excel doesn't really work for me as a whole, though, because it feels more like a thrown together compilation than an album. The ... read more
Well, the songs sound good, but I didn't like the art cover.. It's so Nirvana look alike.
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Track List

  1. Good / Swimmer
  2. Artificial Stasis
  3. dx2
  4. Suffer Gene
  5. refoah
  6. Shallowness is the root of all evil
  7. Paofex
  8. kanu
  9. Aga
  10. inflatable
  11. DAW in the Sky for Pigs
  12. Disneµ Girls
  13. SDM
  14. Memory 6
  15. Towels
  16. Inflatable (Sequence 2)
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