Patterns, the new album by Hauste, strikes the tough balance between instrumental prowess and melodic charm.
While the band’s dexterity remains on full display, the three-piece are keen to step out of indulgence to allow hooks and textures to shine. Watch their recent Baybeats performance below for a taste.
It’s no wonder that for 10 Tracks, the band — comprising of guitarist Daniel Lim, bassist Bennett Bay, and drummer Ian Tan — handed in a remarkable selection of catchy indie pop, club music, post-rock, and old-fashioned screamo.
Where most instrumental rock bands rein in on their comfort zones, Hauste remains wholly inviting and engaging to the outside world.
Listen to our conversation with the band below and pore through their 10 picks.
Daniel Lim (guitarist): ‘Lotus Eater’ encapsulates this simple and effective form of arrangement that is really inspiring.
Daniel: [This song] showcases the perfect balance between technicality and musicality. It’s complex yet it is effective in conveying the musician’s intention of invoking a specific mood.
Daniel: This took me by surprise. I never would’ve expected this song to change the way I perceive music. The fact that it was a remix reinforces how malleable music can be.
Ian Tan (drummer): Feed Me Jack breaks the “math rock” mould by infusing different styles to form something so tastefully raw and unique.
Ian: The drummer creates such texture in his beats — [it’s a] balance of intricate drum n’ bassy playing that still feels light and delicate. The texture and mood lie in the subtleties.
Ian: [It’s] just straight up groovy. You can’t help but bob your head with a stank face on. He encapsulates an infectious funk vibe mixed with a modern dreamlike sound for a whole new experience.
Bennett Bay (bassist): My go-to song when I’m feeling down and need a pick me up, and when I want to analyze a really good song. It’s a long song that runs about 11mins but it doesn’t feel boring or overly complex, and instead feels therapeutic.
Bennett: [It’s] your quintessential punk-ish math-rock song. The density they are able to create — despite being a two-man band — always catches me by surprise and always reminds me of the importance of dynamics in instrumental songs.
Bennett: [It’s] twinkly and light yet heavy and raw at the same time. They’re somehow able to weave the interlocking nature of math-rock-like guitar lines with gritty and emotional vocals, while at the same time making sure that it does not sound too harsh. While the song isn’t instrumental it is a good reminder as well that the voice enhances the sonic capacity of a band as instruments do.
In the podcast, the band explains that their early exposure to math rock was through a live set by Sphaeras.
Bennett: After that gig, we were all searching for math rock bands to listen to as well. I found Elephant Gym, and I was like “Dan, listen to this!”. We thought, “Okay, yeah, let’s do a band that’s kind of like this.”
Hauste’s Patterns will be available on streaming platforms on October 23rd. The album is now available on CD, cassette tape and digital download on Bandcamp.