Band Photo: Mark Berry
October 9, 2023

Pattern-Seeking Animals (P-SA) are set to release their fourth studio album Spooky Action at a Distance, on October 27th via InsideOutMusic.  

First, the band is pleased to share the new single Underneath the Orphan Moon, a sombre ballad that deals with a teenage girl leaving a bad situation.  Evocative and cinematic, it is not unlike the feel of a classic Elton John song, complete with a real string section. 

John Boegehold had this to say about the song: ‘Underneath the Orphan Moon is a bit of a departure for us stylistically but still fits in quite nicely with the other songs on the album.’

Spooky Action at a Distance is available in the following formats:

Limited 2CD Digipak, Digital album, 2LP Gatefold vinyl 180g

(CD 1)
The Man Made of Stone
Window to the World
What Awaits Me
He Once Was
Underneath the Orphan Moon
Clouds That Never Rain
Somewhere North of Nowhere
Summoned from Afar
Love Is Still the Light
(CD 2)
There Goes My Baby
Orphans of the Universe (Live at ProgStock 2022)
Elegant Vampires (Live at ProgStock 2022)
Time Has a Way (Live at ProgStock 2022)*
 *CD & Digital album only

Spooky Action at a Distance, finds Pattern-Seeking Animals more confident than ever, approaching new soundscapes and topics, showcasing their evolution, and commitment to pushing their own creative boundaries.

John Boegehold explains, ‘Because this is our fourth release in less than five years, my intention was to shift gears and not go over ground that’s already been covered. In addition to using different sounds, textures and musical styles, we approached the vocals, especially backing vocals from a fairly different angle. In addition, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered at a different studio with a different engineer than our previous three releases.’

The different approach is not only noticeable in production and sounds, but in the lyrics as well. ‘The subject matter of the lyrics include a Norse king contemplating life while being conquered, an aging seeker on the path toward enlightenment, aliens hunting down humans trying to evade capture, the life of a conflicted soldier before and after WW1, a pregnant teenager leaving a bad situation at home, a reluctant hero victorious in her final battle and a guy’s girlfriend who leaves him because of his conspiracy theories.’

About Pattern-Seeking Animals:
Pattern-Seeking Animals (PS-A) is a pioneering force in the progressive rock genre, consistently pushing the boundaries of musical exploration. Having already left an indelible mark on the genre since their self-titled debut in 2019, Pattern-Seeking Animals weave captivating narratives into an eclectic soundscape. Hailing from the lineage of the influential Spock’s Beard, Pattern-Seeking Animals features John Boegehold (keyboards and production), Ted Leonard (lead vocals and guitar), bassist Dave Meros, and the dynamic Jimmy Keegan on drums. Formed as a conduit for Boegehold’s visionary compositions, the band has evolved into a driving force of progressive exploration, crafting music that is both intricate and immediate.