Patricia Bem Inventory EP on LP
Patricia returns to Opal Tapes and carries on his excursions into dusty analog techno with the six tracker, Bem Inventory, featuring a collaboration with Vancouver-based Cloudface. Named after a scale for measuring the perceived innate differences between the sexes, Bem Inventory is a study in the sort of sepia-toned, ideational techno that's become an Opal Tapes trademark. Patricia's palette may lack primary colors but the offbeat melodies that percolate through the percussion-heavy half-light make the EP anything but a dour listen and, in the bleeping, twanging "Needs A Nap," he even throws in the techno equivalent of a hoedown. Dark and handsome.