Memoryhouse / Memoryhouse Dots - 2092599
This t-shirt features artwork from Memoryhouse’s debut record, The Slideshow Effect. Printed on American Apparel’s 50/50 blend t-shirts for maximum softitude!
Released: January 30, 2012
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Memoryhouse / The Slideshow Effect - SP925
Memoryhouse formed some five years ago in the depths of Southern Ontario, Canada, in a mid-size town called Guelph as a collaborative project meant to serve as an artistic outlet for composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion. Evan, a dedicated student of classical music and a pop-music encyclopedist, intended Memoryhouse to be a multimedia art project, pairing his instrumental compositions with Denise’s photographs and short films. Testing ways to blur the boundaries between genres, to weave a synthesis of music and photography, they experimented with themes, lyrics and multiple layers of instrumentation. Nouvion’s soft, ethereal voice anchored the frozen textures of Abeele’s compositions with frank sentimentality—a unique approach towards humanizing the electro-pop compositions they were creating. The results, at once timeless and new, were impressive and in September 2011 we at Sub Pop released a fully re-recorded, remixed and re-mastered version of the band’s 2010 self-released, digital-only EP, The Years.
The new album is called The Slideshow Effect and its title speaks to what hasn’t changed for Memoryhouse: their continuing interest in the synthesis of the aural and the visual. It refers to the photographic/cinematic technique of zooming and panning to animate still images, often used in documentary film making to give movement to archival photographs. The 10-track album, produced by Abeele, with assistance from friend, collaborator, and occasional Memoryhouse bassist Barzin Hassani Rad, finds Memoryhouse heading toward a new clarity in composition as well as sound; a more organic direction for artists who are, in their own words, transitioning from a “bedroom recording project” into a fully realized band. Nouvion’s voice has never been more present than on the new album, which finds her stepping away from Memoryhouse’s past reverbed sound in favor of a more upfront, and intimate vocal approach. They half-seriously refer to their new sound as “Taylor Swift with Built to Spill as her backing band.” However The Slideshow Effect might be described, we fully-seriously love it.
Loser edition is sold out. LP is on standard black vinyl.
Released: February 28, 2012
Memoryhouse / The Years - SP959
Hot on the heels of acclaim from Pitchfork, Stereogum and various other dot-com entities, Toronto two-piece Memoryhouse make their Sub Pop debut with The Years, an EP containing their 2010 digital-only, self-released EP fully re-recorded, remixed and re-mastered, plus the new tracks “Modern, Normal” and “Quiet America.” The five tracks form a cohesive set of gorgeous, ethereal synth-pop songs, all of which are seeing their first release on CD or vinyl. The Years was re-recorded and mixed by Evan Abeele with the help of Daniel Gray in Toronto. Memoryhouse will also be releasing a new full-length on Sub Pop in 2012.
Released: September 13, 2011