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Pattern Recognition

by GLOK

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    Jewel case with 8-page full colour booklet, signed by Andy Bell. Please note: the CD features the edit of Closer.

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Closer 06:08
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Kintsugi 03:32
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Day Three 04:18
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Invocation 15:22
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about

GLOK is the electronic alter ego of Andy Bell; best-known as the guitarist in venerated shoegazers Ride, alongside stints in other famous groups, with a noteworthy solo career too. This October his first album proper as GLOK – ‘Pattern Recognition’ – is released on Bytes.

Although usually renowned for purveying the finest quality jangle, drone and general guitar-based magic, Bell’s foray into dance music should come as less of a surprise than immediately meets the eye. There are parallels between the genres within the sonically-deep layers, hypnotic sound and trance-like headspaces or as he puts it more succinctly: “GLOK is all about the push and pull between electronic and psych in my music.”

Although not a full-blown concept album, ‘Pattern Recognition’ has a loose thread which takes in a week of life, from weekend to weekend, with each of the vinyl’s four sides capturing different mindstates across that transition. Each side has a distinct feel that’s different to the last but inherently cohesive – much like the changes an individual goes through over 7 days.

Across the album with loving craft Andy weaves together throbbing dubbed-out acid, steamy jack trax, levitational psychedelia, sparkling Balearic, techno, Kosmische, shoegaze, art rock and Compass Point-style post punk – with just a hint of ambient, new age and contemporary classical too.

With GLOK previously an instrumental affair, on ‘Pattern Recognition’ he has branched out to working with vocalists, with guests including the Irish punk poet Sinead O’Brien on ‘Maintaining the Machine’, who he approached having fallen in love with her single ‘Most Modern Painting’.

Other voices include friend and Ransom Note labelmate Chloé ‘C.A.R.’ Raunet on ‘Entanglement’, the interstellar futurist MC Shamon Cassette (Bon Voyage) on ‘Process’ and his wife Shiarra on ‘That Time Of Night’, while Primal Scream’s Simone Marie plays bass on ‘Maintaining The Machine’.

Originally using the name GLOK to keep his identity secret, wanting the music to be judged on its own merits, he discreetly released several tracks online, with ‘Pulsing’ catching the ear of Bytes, who released these pieces as ‘Dissident’, first on cassette, then proceeded by two vinyl pressings due to demand. The ‘Dissident Remixed’ compilation followed, featuring interpretations by Jay Glass Dubs, Richard Sen, Maps and Andrew Weatherall.

Bell provided guitar on Weatherall’s ‘Making Friends with the Invader’ from ‘Blue Bullet’ 12” and again on both tracks from The Guvnor’s ‘End Times Sound’ / ‘Unknown Plunderer’ EP.

Most recently Bell contributed a GLOK track ‘Tories in Jail’ – alongside Daniel Avery, Roisin Murphy and Nitzer Ebb – for ‘The Gun Aid’ collection, which was released to raise funds for the Hackney drinking establishment of the same name that took a serious financial hit due to lockdown.

credits

released October 15, 2021

All tracks written and produced by Andy Bell except:

That Time of Night (Andy Bell/Shiarra Bell) featuring Shiarra Bell on vocals
Process (Andy Bell/Shamon Cassette) featuring Shamon Cassette on vocals
Maintaining the Machine (Andy Bell/Sinead O’Brien) featuring Sinead O’Brien on vocals and Simone Marie Butler on bass
Entanglement (Andy Bell/C.A.R.) featuring C.A.R. on vocals

Mixed by Leaf Troup
Mastered by Keith Tenniswood at Curved Pressings
Artwork by Graeme Swinton at Actually

(c) Bytes 2021

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