The Memory Band

pastoral pop // instrumental ambient folk

The Memory Band’s self-titled debut made it onto my Best of 2004 list, and received raves from a Who’s Who of mainstream music journalism – Mojo, NME, Q, etc. And yet, inexplicably, they remain under-exposed and under-appreciated (if their Audioscrobbler results are anything to go by, anyway). The two tracks here are beguiling gems, but are only a shade better than the rest of the album, which is full of earthy grace and delight from start to finish. I particularly like ‘This is How We Walk on the Moon’, which is vaguely Four Tet-ish and sounds like ivy crawling up walls; but ‘Ploughshares’ is equally pleasant, a swarm of sunny glints on the ocean.
Soft but confident, a stroke of genius.

The Memory Band – This Is How We Walk On The Moon
The Memory Band – Ploughshares
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5 Responses to “The Memory Band”

  1. Paulo X :

    These tracks also remind me of Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

  2. Anonymous :

    Randomly cruised thru your blog here… “This is How We Walk on the Moon” is a cover of Arthur Russell’s tune by the same name, feat. on “Another Thought,” a postmortem collection of Russell’s solo work from the 1980s. Nice cover, too. -Ally []

  3. Thea :

    Hey small stair!
    This place rocks me

  4. Jonny :

    They play Greenwich Park, London UK this Sunday at a free festival.

    I’ll be seein ’em at

  5. Happy :

    A big Thanks from France.
    Keep Going the good work …
    I go now and buy what seems to be a beautiful record from a great band.
    Thank you again. Always great to discover nice music.