11 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Imagine Mazzy Star as an alt-country band with a lite-FM fetish. Memoryhouse’s debut album captures a mellow-to-languid pastoral vibe that strips away the gauzy haze of the group's earlier EP and singles. Without the soft focus, singer Denise Nouvion shifts from being an elusive chanteuse to a cornfed Midwesterner with a plainspoken, earnest-to-nasal delivery. There are still hints of the group’s dream-pop roots in Evan Abeele's arrangements, such as the expansive midsection of "Heirloom" (a track that appeared in greater ethereal form on the 2010 "Caregiver" single). "Old Haunts" tracks closest to Memoryhouse’s previous approach, with sonics that weave a cloud for the vocals to rest on. "Bonfire" adheres to dream folk, with guitars that slide from the desert into the sky. "Walk with Me" starts with a high lonesome vibe before settling into a shimmering indie rock groove. Where the duo takes things from here should give listeners a better idea of what kind of group Memoryhouse aims to be.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Imagine Mazzy Star as an alt-country band with a lite-FM fetish. Memoryhouse’s debut album captures a mellow-to-languid pastoral vibe that strips away the gauzy haze of the group's earlier EP and singles. Without the soft focus, singer Denise Nouvion shifts from being an elusive chanteuse to a cornfed Midwesterner with a plainspoken, earnest-to-nasal delivery. There are still hints of the group’s dream-pop roots in Evan Abeele's arrangements, such as the expansive midsection of "Heirloom" (a track that appeared in greater ethereal form on the 2010 "Caregiver" single). "Old Haunts" tracks closest to Memoryhouse’s previous approach, with sonics that weave a cloud for the vocals to rest on. "Bonfire" adheres to dream folk, with guitars that slide from the desert into the sky. "Walk with Me" starts with a high lonesome vibe before settling into a shimmering indie rock groove. Where the duo takes things from here should give listeners a better idea of what kind of group Memoryhouse aims to be.

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About Memoryhouse

A Canadian dream pop duo with a lo-fi style, Memoryhouse hail from Guelph, Ontario. The duo was founded in 2009 by photographer Denise Nouvion (vocals) and classical composer Evan Abeele (production). They named themselves after classical composer Max Richter's 2001 album of the same name and cite influences that include My Bloody Valentine, Galaxie 500, and Cocteau Twins. Memoryhouse made their recording debut in 2009 with "To the Lighthouse." In 2010 the duo released The Years, a four-track EP on the Arcade Sound label, and Lately, a single for which a promotional video was filmed. The single was re-released in 2011 by Sub Pop, which also released the duo's full-length debut, The Slideshow Effect, in 2012. ~ Jason Birchmeier

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