Wednesday, February 24, 2010

REVIEW: Memoryhouse - The Years

8 out of 10

Memoryhouse are a fresh young duo from Canada. They mix chill Indie Electronic atmospheres with a few Lo-Fi sounds and rich (beyond your astral dreams) layers of keyboard and guitar sounds. "The Years" is their official debut EP, and on top of being their first album is also one of the best/most relaxing experiences your ears will have all year long.

Beautiful female vocals await you, they will awaken your senses and bring you down to a comfy state of mind with warm perception. Simple Casio keyboard drum patterns keep the beat at a slow steady pace while guitar samples (almost surfer-esque at points) fill the void in-between GORGEOUS (yes, all CAPS) layers of dreamy/reverberated synth sounds. Listening to "The Years" is like being washed away to an arctic ocean aboard a lonely iceberg where the air is filled with ghostly spirits and unimaginable lights. You may get the sense of frigid atmospheres surrounding you, but you will feel warmer than you could on a nice spring afternoon.

If the milieu of Atlas Sound mated with production of Washed Out & Bachelorette, and then preceded to add glacial synth dreamscapes on top this would be the product of their love. Oh, and did I forget to mention IT'S FREE? Highly Recommended.

Standout Tracks: All, but ESPECIALLY; Lately (Deuxieme) (love the use of the Eternal Sunshine sample on this one -- my fav track), The Waves (kind of reminds me of Boards Of Canada), To The Lighthouse

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