Electro synth pop purveyors, Go Native are all set to release their début EP, Sleep Patterns, on 5th April via Manchester’s Scruff of the Neck Records. Simply put it’s a great introduction to the band, a journey through the murky passageways of Go Native’s dark synth laden dreams only enriched with sounds reminiscent of 80’s synth pop.
You cannot help but feel on the first listen that the track listing maybe a little out of order in terms of it immediately catching your attention, although this feeling is completely unfounded and shattered once you get a true feel for the EP. You realise that it’s very much a purposeful and ingenious move by Go Native. Beaten By Butterflies is a real captivating moment on the EP, this surging synth beauty envelops you with its pulsating rhythm, coursing drum beats and rapturous vocal from Toone. Title track, Sleep Patterns, picks up the pace and charges with its insatiable, signature Go Native soaring beats and synths. A track that best shows off Go Native’s light and shade, their effortless groove and rhythmic swagger, that they weave so easily into everything that they do.
Napoleon is the stand out track for me of the EP, a live favourite of mine also. With its pulsating charge coursing through its veins, its impossible not to fall in love with this track. Next up is a track you all might be familiar with, Go Native’s début single, Atom Heart, which was also released via Scruff of the Neck Records, late last year. Atom Heart is one of the real heavy hitters that they have in their armoury, a dancey, anthemic synth pop track that remains as joyful and enchanting to the ear as it did on the first listen, which is a difficult thing to achieve, so Go Native must be praised on that if nothing else.
Again, Dunes has to be one of my favourite tracks of the EP, it gives the listener a kaleidoscopic entanglement of Go Native’s darker, more intense side cleverly intertwined with their signature electronic pop transcendence. A real beauty. Final track, Electric Chair, is a euphoric note to end the EP on. A hypnotising pulsating track that clearly cements Go Native as a band that are headed for much bigger stages than that of Manchester’s small but lovely venues, and they are surely to be turning lots more heads with this EP.
TRACK LISTING: 1- Beaten By Butterflies, 2- Sleep Patterns, 3- Napoleon, 4- Atom Heart, 5- Dunes, 6- Electric Chair
Catch Go Native live throughout April in Manchester, Leeds and London, full details can be found below and Sleep Patterns is out 5th April for your listening pleasure.
Apr 5 – EP launch at Fac251 (Factory) – Manchester
Apr 12 – The Cockpit w/ The Book Club – Leeds
Apr 30 – Notting Hill Arts Club – London