After a small lull, Gizeh Records has another limited vinyl release dropping and it happens to be the debut album of Manchester duo Shield Patterns. Contour Lines won’t be officially released for another month or so, but we do have two singles to chew on to help the wait go smoother. The first single “The Rule” was released in September of last year and the second single, “Dust Hung Heavy,” was released a day shy of two months ago – now we hear about the album. If you heard “The Rule,” you’d assume they were going to be producing downtempo, but if you only heard “Dust Hung Heavy” you’d assume they’re going to produce trip-hop – we’ll see what the two are cooking up on June 9th. No matter what genre their songs are going to fall in, I think it’s safe to assume that the production’s going to be lush. If you pre-order now, you can get a free CD with the vinyl. Check out both songs below and see what you think of them. Cheers!

The Details

All pre-orders from the Gizeh Store receive an instant download of non-album bonus track Grows Wings.

LP || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matte finished sleeve with black inner paper sleeve. Includes a free download of the entire album emailed to you on the day of release.

CD || Housed in a 4 panel matte finished digifile sleeve. Includes a free download of the entire album emailed to you on the day of release.

DIGITAL || Download in 320kbps MP3

BUNDLE || LP + CD + DOWNLOAD + SHIRT || All of the above plus a new Shield Patterns shirt.

LP + CD || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matte finished sleeve with black inner paper sleeve. Includes a free download of the entire album emailed to you on the day of release plus a CD copy of the album.

*Album downloads will be delivered on June 9th.

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Contour Lines is the debut album from Shield Patterns. Following on from critically lauded lead single Dust Hung Heavy, Contour Lines carries the listener deeper into their world. Each track is laden with the kind of dark atmospherics most groups take years to unearth. Here, the fragility of Brentnall’s early demos remains, but finds itself imbued with a richness of sound that can only come from studious soul searching and a cathartic creative process. The vulnerability of her intensely personal lyrics is tempered with highly processed strings, subby bass-lines, and ambient passages that brood as much as they shimmer. Lines between aesthetic and content are blurred, so that singer and song are intertwined.

Price $21.8

Shield Patterns - The Rule (official video) from Gizeh Records on Vimeo.

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