A long awaited re-issue of one of our favourite albums over the last few years. Memory Drawings are led by dulcimer player Joel Hanson alongside Hood and sometime the Declining Winter main-man Richard Adams and Brave Timbers expert violinist Sarah Kemp. They produce a wonderfully unique form of neo-classical music with chiming dulcimer and guitar figures intertwining underneath curling stringed beauty.
This limited edition black vinyl pressing contains the full original instrumental album plus a download featuring the album plus vocal versions of many of the tracks and a clutch of remixes by Rachel Grimes, Dakota Suite, Piano Magic and Bracken.
LP £13.99 Stubbing Wharf 11
LP on Public House Recordings edition of 250 in reverse board sleeve. Includes download code with bonus remixes + vocal versions. Hood, Rachel's, Brave Timbers folks. LAST FEW!.
CD £12.99 SL016
2CD in deluxe clamshell box. Ft. Richard Adams of Hood/Declining Winter.
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- Music For Another Loss. by Memory Drawings
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Public House gets sadder and lonelier with a repress of Memory Drawings ‘Music For Another Loss’. An album for empty rooms, creaking floorboards and sad ceilings, it's brought to life by the trio of Joel Hanson (on his famed dulcimer), Richard Adams (of Hood, the Declining Winter and sighing) and Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers), whose violin adds another dimension of heartbreak to proceedings.
With no percussion and zero fanfare, Memory Drawings make a kind of standstill post-rock, inspired by melodic neo-classical music but disinterested in builds and climaxes — they achieve their best moments simply in the rumination of it all. As a trio, they’re magnificently dynamic — on “Heptonstall”, Hanson’s dulcimer offers a pulsing, songlike throughline while Kemp’s strings tremble like chattering teeth. They’re ornamented by one of Adams' signature guitar picking patterns, which almost suggests another path in the grass to follow. Though it's a literal three instruments, for the most part, it sounds lush and expansive, full of emotional instruction.
Considering how long each of these artists has been doing their thing, it’s no mistake that this record sounds the very contemporary of many of neo-classicals’ most esteemed moongazers: Rachel’s come to mind, which is convenient given member Rachel Grimes’ contributions of piano, while other acts like Eluvium and A Silver Mt. Zion also jog the memory on tunes like “The Long Tunnel Ceiling”, referring back to the genre's strings of hope and hopelessness. While there are similarities, though, this band arrangement is one in a million: it comes through on “There Come Days to the Hills” most obviously, where Hanson’s dulcimer and Adams’ guitar marry both seamlessly and uncannily, as if they're playing the same song in different galaxies.
Memory Drawings have a very distinct kind of sorrow worth sitting still for.
Mike's original review circa 2012.
Here at Norman Towers, Hood are a band close to all our hearts, a beacon of the finest in northern miserablism and forward-thinking musicality, we're always more than curious when any of their number drops something new. Take this new 2CD set in a fancy cardboard box and a moody black and white picture of some fog out of a window on the front. It all looks a little bit Dakota Suite but it is in fact Hood's Richard Adams, this time allied to Joel Hanson, who hammers the dulcimer, and Sarah Kemp who plays the violin. Basically over the course of these two CDs we've got a whole heap of soundtracky prettiness, all smooth and twinkly and relaxing for your late-night delectation.
The first disc has the album, and then the second has four alternate versions of tracks featuring Yvonne Bruner (I don't know either) and then remixes from Piano Magic, Dakota Suite (aha!), Bracken and Rachel Grimes (Rachels), just to ensure you're getting the most complete package possible. And as I think I may have mentioned it comes in a fancy looking cardboard box, making it harder to file but easier to look at. Not forgetting the beautiful, relaxing sounds throughout the CDs, of course.
8/10 Malcolm Customer review, 24th January 2017
Enjoyed this, Memory Drawings debut finally on vinyl.. l was under the impression this was a full album but at 25 minutes its lacking 2 or 3 tracks that could easily have been added from from the bonus digital download that accompanies the release. Vinyl isn't cheap these days both to manufacture and retail so lets make it worthwhile?!
[Glad you liked the album. We thought the album stood on it's own despite it's short length and adding tracks from the remixes would have led to them feeling a bit 'tacked on' and disrupted the flow of the album as a listening experience. Points taken though- vinyl is pricey] - Public House
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