Phantom Lights is further proof of Memory Drawings ability to mutate their dulcimer, violin and guitar sound into exciting new shapes. This time drummer Chris Cole (Movietone/Manyfingers) is added to the line up as the band explore post-rock and neo-classical. Features members of Hood and Brave Timbers and comes with a remix from Bristol electronica ace Barnaby Carter. We had this in stock in very, very limited quantities a while back as a tiny run tour CD but now the good people at Sound in Silence have issued it in greater numbers.
Limited CD £10.49 sis068
Edition of 300 handmade and hand-numbered copies. Packaged in a hand-stamped graphite cardboard envelope with the front cover image printed on a polaroid style photo paper.
- Limited edition
- Includes download code
Sound In Silence continue their ever-reliable run of form with 'Phantom Lights' by Anglo-American group Memory Drawings. This album is short and sweet with six songs clocking in at a total of just under 25 minutes. 'Phantom Lights' is a monochrome exploration of folk's forlorn side, bolstered by indie chord progressions, impassive ambient synth pads, and hypnotic drum patterns.
Memory Drawings share Swans' ability to take one melodic motif and push it as far as possible. The result is a gorgeously modulated music where individual fragments coagulate into a swirling, sonic whirligig. Banjo and dulcimer are the record's focal point. Their immediately tangible sound is given space to breathe within the arrangements. It's all excuted with an amazing lightness of touch that reveals hidden depths the more you listen. The production is gin-clear, allowing the various electronic and acoustic instruments to play in a way that complements one another.
'Phantom Lights' is an unobstrusive record. However The intensity is always there, seething and whinnying if you just look beyond the lights.
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