It's the contrasts that stand out in Makeness' (aka Kyle Molleson) music. Crafting tracks which make a virtue of disparate influences, he manages to pull off something difficult: making tirelessly-crafted songs which sound loose-limbed and to-the-point. Debut, Loud Patterns, is the fullest example of this yet. On the one hand, it's noticeably indebted to house and techno; there are 4/4 rhythms, and a no-nonsense directness which nods to the likes of Omar-S and Theo Parrish. On the other, those dance floor structures are a vehicle for a wider spectrum of sounds.
Channeling avant-garde experimentalism and an outsider's interest in pop, he embraces the distance between those two poles. The music manages to deftly flit between different interests. Coarse, discordant squeals repeatedly pierce the title cut, softened by the chorus' sweetly-sung vocals. "Who Am I To Follow Love" sketches a goofy-pop aesthetic - with wobbly synth-notes and clattering percussion - as backdrop for endearing harmonies. And in "Rough Moss," there's a proper, face-melting club banger. With driving, non-stop drums and a squirming bassline, it's the bedrock for cacophonies of noise: distorted, strummed guitar chords, laser-beam synths and blasts of hiss.