Published Apr 04, 2018Makeness, the solo work of Scotland's Kyle Molleson, officially makes his entrance with debut Loud Patterns. Heavily influenced by Caribou and Flying Lotus, Molleson occupies, according to a press release, the "sweet spot between left-of-center pop and club-minded music."
Within this space, he seamlessly oscillates between disparate musical genres to deliver his own personal spin on electronic music. Melodic ventures ("Gold Star," "Who Am I to Follow Love") meet intergalactic odysseys ("The Bass Rock") at the unique intersection of dissonance and harmony.
There's no question Molleson is talented. After all, it takes more than a knack to straddle the worlds of indie pop and experimental electronic music. But it's a tough act to balance, and demands more of the average listener. To put it bluntly: one small step for Molleson is one giant leap for listeners. The contrast between the infinitely catchy "Stepping Out of Sync" is almost too jarring next to the cacophonous "Motorcycle Idling." In this sense, Loud Patterns is an overtly ambitious first album, which fittingly captures Molleson's "difficult to define" approach. (Secretly Canadian)