World is the debut album dreamt up by the Barcelona based DJ and Production duo known as Memorial Home. Comprising of Paul Roux (France) and Jeremy Pinchasi (Belgium), World is the exciting result of their shared desire to push the limits of their own brilliant musical foresight. It’s an ambitious 20 track long-player which effortlessly showcases the incomparable sonic space shared between both musical masterminds.
Heavily textured in incredible atmospherics, dub effects and crisp, clear percussion, World spreads over an excellent array of individual tracks full of groundbreaking musical magic. Incorporating a stunning fusion of live instrumentation and electronic craftsmanship, World is an audio adventure into emotive soundscapes, with a clear focus on the subtle saturation of melancholy. It’s a soundtrack for a dystopian film yet to be written. Asonic painting for the coming winter months where the trees are all but dead and frozen; and the ground a thick layer of glowing white snow.
Diving deep into the subconscious realm, the album opens with title track ‘World,’ which sets the pace for the adventure to come. Subdued in a thick layer of reverb, texturized with static emotion and intense instrumentation just out of focus, the song serves as a perfect album starting point. What follows are an ever-expanding collection of stunning compositions, each saturated in heavy layers of intense fuzz, a feeling of absolute tension and incredibly placed crashes, hits and percussive crescendos. By the time the listeners are settled into the world Memorial Home have created, a vocal appears out of the ether, courtesy of Tika Balanchine and their track ‘Does It Matter.’ Simply beautiful melodies sit alongside a circular rhythmic shuffle whilst Tika’s vocals offer a sense of optimism in the darkness surrounding. Following this, the album takes a much lighter space, with tracks centered around upbeat rhythms, warmer guitars and a musical sense of sunlight breaking through the gray overcast.
Spreading from ambient to downtempo, experimental techno and electronica, World continues its adventurous second half with musical diversity, yet retains a constant theme throughout of saturation, sunlight and darkness, and incredibly arranged drum programming. Emotive melodies, heartbreaking at times, as a common occurrence in the album, with the occasional uplifting moment thrown in just when it’s needed the most. Ranging from tempos subdued and panicked, the album’s stunning range offers an exciting amount of peaks and valleys, dipping lowest with the ambient ‘Conversation’ and climbing out of the stratosphere with the IDM influenced ‘Hold.’ Finishing the journey with the modestly titled track, ‘The End,’ which lets the live elements of their production skills take center stage, a stunningly gorgeous piece of music which will leave the listeners wishing for another 20 tracks.
Sitting somewhere just to the left of Nicolas Jaar, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Mike Dehnert and Ostgut Ton, Memorial Home has managed to craft an album absolutely unique to their sound, impossible to category and sure to catch the attention of music lovers of all shapes and sizes.
Techno without a dancefloor, experimental electronica fit for the warehouse raves. It’s an exciting, perfectly confusing album which simply works wonderfully.
Memorial Home are the founders of the independent label Rapid Eye Movement, which has seen a breadth of incredible EPs riding the balance between experimental Techno and introspective electronica. They first met by random chance in their newly adopted home of Barcelona, Spain. This unexpected encounter quickly developed into a full-fledged musical kinship through their shared interest in crafting cinematic, experimental techno music. Each release from the label and duo showcase their clear passion to unearthing sounds beyond the expected. With their debut LP about to drop, the future is looking certain for the duo, the label, and the changing face of modern-day electronic music.
1. World / 2. America / 3. Pressure / 4. Does It Matter feat. Tika Balanchine / 5. I Keep / 6. Pop Fink / 7. Radio Static / 8. Society & Solitude / 9. Train / 10. Nada Cambia / 11. Cohiba Cigar / 12. Conversation / 13. Motor / 14. Hold / 15. Glasgow / 16. Fade Out / 17. Children / 18. Family Portrait / 19. Truman / 20. The End