With hauntingly beautiful videos by renegade filmmaker Jamie Harley, Ontario-based duo Memoryhouse aka Evan Abeele and Denise Nouvion's tracks each take an ethereal turn with lush summery sounds, soft voices and eerie, rumbling bass. Layers of subtle melodies are met with thoughtful lyrics for spine-tingling effects in their songs like 'Lately (Deuxième)', 'Bonfire', and their cover of Grizzly Bear. Their upcoming 'Years' EP is a reissue of sorts - where two new tracks, Modern, Normal and Quiet America and all the songs that appeared on the first release (Sleep Patterns, Lately and To The Lighthouse) have been tweaked and remastered. We speak to the duo here about their hometown, musical influences and their most favourite things...
...your secret talent?
I guess singing was always my secret talent before it became my job, so I'm at a loss for truly secret talents at the moment.
...your worst vice?
Definitely dark chocolate.
…the story behind your name?
Evan named us after a classical record by Max Richter that he came across in school.
I love the sound of pages turning; I used to sit in the library in between university classes and nap to the sound of people studying.
...your worst fashion secret?
Pretty much all of my clothes are from Goodwill.
...your favourite website?
I'm not really dedicated to reading any websites. However, I like Etsy a lot. I have a shop there for crafts I do during my spare time and for my photography.
...good for breakfast?
Bananas, blueberries, and vanilla yogurt with oats sprinkled on for texture.
...the best thing about where you're from?
There's a great antique market just outside of where I'm from; I can't recall how many hours I've wasted there. There's also a really cool cafe downtown where Evan and I used to hangout called Cornerstone.
...are you listening to now?
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk
How would you describe your work?
I guess our music could be the soundtrack to a film like F. W. Murnau's Sunrise; something melancholy and bittersweet.
The Years EP is out Sept 12th (UK) / 13th (US) on all formats. Memoryhouse are set to tour with Still Corners in October with more dates TBA.
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