Memory Drawings – The Nearest Exit

Whether by accident or design it feels apt that this third album from Memory Drawings should appear - as did 2014’s preceding There Is No Perfect Place - somewhere between the fading edge of summer and the shortening days of autumn.  Picking-up where its prequel pretty much left off, The Nearest Exit finds the Anglo-American conglomeration of Joel … [Read more...]

Artists On Albums: AOA#46 (Brave Timbers’ Sarah Kemp on The Night Is Advancing)

Sarah Kemp (Brave Timbers) on… Appendix Out’s The Night Is Advancing (Drag City, 2001) I first got to hear of Appendix Out through a boyfriend I had at the time, around when I was about 19 or 20 years old. We were listening to bands like Low, the Dirty Three, Will Oldham and his Palace stuff, and I guess it was maybe because Appendix Out … [Read more...]

Memory Drawings – There Is No Perfect Place

Following on from 2012’s blink-and-you-missed-it Music For Another Loss long-player for Second Language, comes the second studio set from the Anglo-American outfit Memory Drawings, this time for the Halifax micro-label Hibernate.  Once again built around the core talents of hammered dulcimer connoisseur and percussionist Joel Hanson, violinist … [Read more...]

FAO#27 (Brave Timbers & Amiina)

The language of musical analysis is rife with clichés, contradictions and confusion.  Whilst it’s often claimed that a ‘less is more’ approach bears some of the greatest fruit, the hypothesis comes unglued when thinking of the layered and laboured-over studio triumphs of The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Serge Gainsbourg and many others.  … [Read more...]