Gizeh Records have announced the signing of Shield Patterns to their increasing roster of artists. Shield Patterns is the newly formed project of Manchester-based artist Claire Brentnall and, whilst still in its infancy, shows a sophistication beyond its early days. The understated sweetness of Brentnall's voice is gristled by subby bass-lines, creating unexpectedly textural songs that are inherently minimalist, yet infectiously hummable.
The name Shield Patterns is a term that Claire invented to describe her experience of living with a form of arithromania: the compulsion to count and internally create patterns from words and numbers. A habitual routine that she has experienced since childhood, these patterns unconsciously became types of personal mantras and means of protection from unresolved anxieties.
Gizeh will release a debut single entitled 'The Rule'. Out on September 2nd and backed with a remix of the same song by Mercury Award winners Alt-J. Shield Patterns also takes to the road in September for a handful of UK dates with Gizeh's old friends and new Chemikal Underground signings Conquering Animal Sound.
You can listen to a selection of home recorded Shield Patterns demos for a limited time on soundcloud.
Label owner Richard Knox had this to say about the new signing:
"After seeing the very first Shield Patterns live performance at the Night & Day here in Manchester back in April we knew that there was something special about this music and we are excited to be able to welcome this project to the Gizeh family. There was something familiar but also very unique in the demos we heard and the show we witnessed. I'm happy to have Claire on board with us at this stage of her journey and it's proof that arriving at a local show to see the opening act of the night can be very rewarding indeed. We were also delighted that Thom Green from Alt-J kindly offered up his remix skills for the track we chose as a single so that will appear as the B-Side on September 2nd."
07.09 NEWCASTLE (UK) - Cumberland Arms
08.09 MANCHESTER (UK) - Trof
09.09 LEEDS (UK) - Wharf Chambers
11.09 BRIGHTON (UK) - The Hope
12.09 EXETER (UK) - Cavern
13.09 LONDON (UK) - Shacklewell Arms
*all shows with Conquering Animal Sound