The Patient - Extension 9 / Breathers - Colony Of Taste - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

The Patient - Extension 9 / Breathers - Colony Of Taste

by D R Pautsch Rating:7 Release Date:2017-09-29
The Patient - Extension 9 / Breathers - Colony Of Taste
The Patient - Extension 9 / Breathers - Colony Of Taste

Split singles have a place on indie records that are very special indeed.  Two artists with a similar vision/aesthetic that create something either separately or together to bring out the best in each other.  Of course it's often just the case that the indie label wants something out there which isn't so expensive and showcases more than one artist.  This release from The Patient and Breathers fall somewhere between those approaches as it feels very much like the proverbial game of two halves.

The Patient are Elephant Six Alumni Will Cullen Hart (Olivia Tremor Control) and Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo and producer of Neutral Milk Hotel) and despite working together for over twenty years this one half a single is their only published effort.  Sitting closer to OTC than AiS Extension Nine sounds like it could fit on an Olivia Tremor Chord album right from its first psych notes.  The jangle of guitar is so familiar that you almost miss the more poppy leaning elements, but Schneider's influence brings this to a more pop arena in its first part.  It then breaks down and returns with an almost middle eastern feel.  It's a great calling card number and makes you wish that these guys could at least put out a bit more for us to enjoy.

The other half of this release is from Breathers, who apparently are Schneider's favourite Athens band.  On this evidence you have to wonder why.  This starts off sounding like that song on an 80's coming of age soundtrack and never really develops from there.  It doesn't have much more to add than its stark keyboards and throwback feel.  It feels overshadowed by the other side of this release.

As a split single this works, just about.  As a taster of further output from The Patient it absolutely works.  However, the feeling that Breathers are a better band than this effort is a difficult one to shake.

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