But, to continue on the ill-advised analogy of music as food, we are fucking stuffed, dudes. Seriously. I know we saw far fewer bands than many others in Austin a couple weeks ago, but we gorged ourselves on bands that week, taking in, I think, one bajillion shows? ...before hitting our favorite bars and restaurants. (PS—free day shows are the BEST when you're in your mid-thirties)
But, in an effort to cleanse ourselves of the lovely, rich greasiness that was SXSW (I swear, I'll stop after this), today we hold high a band that was absent from the South by roster and one we've been admiring from afar a while now—that being the dreamy Canadian duo, Memoryhouse.
I'll start by saying that I'm going to—right off the bat—steer to the side of slapping the label of dream pop on the band, for two reasons. First, because I appreciate their effort to pull in much more involved melodies, both in terms of clear, intelligible vocals and in terms of guitar- and classically string-based melodies that, rather than wash out, come to the forefront as gentle, crystalline hooks. Second, because I admire the origins of the band, which seem to be more that of an intimate artists collective than a traditional tour-record-hire-a-manger style band. As Evan Abeele (music) and Denise Nouvion (vocals + visuals) put it on their site:
Memoryhouse - The Slideshow Effect (Full Album Stream) from Sub Pop Records on Vimeo.