Memoryhouse
The Years


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
October 11th, 2010 | 69 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sometimes I'm pulled away... From my own misery... Your hands cover me... Eyes drift slowly

Does the name of the fledgling chillwave, lo-fi band sound familiar? It certainly should, as it references modern classical composer Max Richter’s atmospheric debut, Memory House. “Class” and “simplicity” are two words that radiate from both Memoryhouses, and I’m tempted to assume that Richter would be pleased with the association. The homage to one of today’s most prominent neo-classical artists isn’t wasted, as The Years EP is a soft, quiet, and sobering experience conducted by Memoryhouse, proving to be one of the most nostalgic and evocative releases I’ve encountered this year. Subtle and graceful, Memoryhouse uses much of the same devices as a lo-fi pop contemporary, Beach House, uses; though, to a very differing effect. The bedroom project is a blissful experience as well as ephemeral, defying its namesake. By imposing limits on themselves, both musically and conceptually, Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion's airy EP reaches cloud-like heights.

From an oft-used drum machine, to endless looping, to somberly chilling beats, The Years uses simplicity to their advantage, even if it’s more of a budget decision than one of artistic direction. Memoryhouse perfects restraint, and the EP’s beauty lies not in melody-laden tracks overloaded with everything the band threw at a wall. Instead the seductive and monotonic tenor is most charming. A surreal atmosphere that emits from the hazy aura of “To the Lighthouse,” as Nouvion coos with an impeccable knack for inducing eyelid-fluttering and head-nodding, sounds perfectly deliberate. It's hard not to appreciate the levelheadedness of the band's debut- composure is overflowing from the brim. With spacey nuances and the sobering, breezy murmur-like vocals, The Years EP is what should be described for every sleepy hangover.

When “Sleep Patterns” shifts with uneasiness between a stuttering drum machine beat and uneven coos, it’s a little hazy what direction The Years will take, and not until the last track does the work feels more fully realized and premeditated. The aesthetic takes a turn for the better in the closer, a wavey, haunting, and graceful song like no other. With elegant twangs spread evenly underneath the pacific vocals, Nouvion’s tender lyrics reach a new plane of comfort as she sings of dreams, of houses in the sky, of continuously drifting slowly and, oddly enough, “His lungs filling with water from the tide.”

Let the serenity of The Years EP wrap her frosty arms around you as she drowns you in harmonic beauty. The looped melodies create a dreamy whirl of lo-fi pop to lose yourself in, even if it’s for a fleeting 12 minutes. Nevertheless, Memoryhouse’s chill-as-ever EP will either have you drifting off to dreamy lands of clouds or have you thankful you managed to stay awake to hear the closing fadeout of “To the Lighthouse.”


Sleep the summer chill
And sheets of linen
Hush the scattered sound
Of time dispersing




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SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


case you're wondering which I know you aren't, this is really superb



i have a bajillion awesome emo reviews lined up to write but chan would make fun of me so I have to pretend to like other music in-between them

Digging: Viet Cong - Viet Cong

couldwinarabbit
October 11th 2010


6996 Comments


Fine I'll get it. You have been throwing out 4's a lot lately though.

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


10676 Comments


Superb as always

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


it's the easiest rating to give a review, what can I say

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


thanks xenophanes... awesome avatar haha

Xenophanes
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


10676 Comments


Same to you lol, gotta respect a guy with a Dayman avatar.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


17231 Comments


this is such a good cd. god i love me some chillwave

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


too many great chillwave releases this year to count... or maybe it's just because I ignored it til now idk

couldwinarabbit
October 11th 2010


6996 Comments


No I meant your reviews are always positive. I don't give a fuck whether something is a 4 or a 4.5. I want to see you give something a 1-2.

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


maybe it's because my taste is so far advanced that I can't possibly listen to poor music?

but no... I know what you mean I need to get something scathing in here soon. been in a pretty unenthusiastic music mood for a whiiile here though

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


7321 Comments


Great review. It really made me want to check this out. Like, REALLY.

@.@

Gyromania
October 11th 2010


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

... UGH NO!!!!!! Lol, man, I was literally just writing a review for this, and I was about 3 paragraphs in. I thought for sure I'd be the first person to post one. I'm glad that you liked this though man.

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


thanks Irving... please do! I think you'd like it

couldwinarabbit
October 11th 2010


6996 Comments


Give Kid A or Jane Doe a 1.5.



BallsToTheWall
October 11th 2010


44805 Comments


So much Sunny I intend to pos before reading review.



I will eat your babies, bitch!

kitsch
October 11th 2010


5107 Comments


gotta check this out

SeaAnemone
October 11th 2010


20971 Comments


I'm so sorry Gyro, especially because you showed me it! : (

couldwin: no but I've weighed writing a 2 review for Doolittle before... I enjoy Sputnik though, I think I'd be kicked off if I did that.

MassiveAttack
October 11th 2010


2688 Comments


Dayman fighter of the Nightman.

couldwinarabbit
October 11th 2010


6996 Comments


for doolittle of course.

My first review will likely be finished in the hour.

Gyromania
October 11th 2010


16115 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all good man. Just remember who introduced you to them! lol, I kid. Also, I enjoyed reading this. Pos'd.

Yeah, I'd still like to post my review which is a 4.5 rating, and, I hope you don't mind much, but I've made a lot of similar points to yours (not intentionally), but with an EP as short as this, that's to be expected. Has no one else noticed that the guitar in "Lately" was lifted from Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind?



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