Memoryhouse, 'The Years EP' (Sub Pop)

The Years EP
Critical Mass
Release Date: September 13, 2011
Label: Sub Pop

by Eric Harvey

Memoryhouse recall much recent New Age–influenced indie rock, though Denise Nouvion's matter-of-fact enunciation -- very early-'90s MTV Buzz Bin -- cuts through this EP's diffuse filter, adding a fresh female voice to the chakra-friendly resurgence's overwhelming maleness (Animal Collective, Dntel, Emeralds, Oneohtrix Point Never). Though the five songs here -- two have been added to the self-released version -- are dabbed with glimmering synths, the lyrics idly address dream states and the tempos are comatose. A sighing saxophone slithers under the bedroom door of "Lately," but it probably won't disturb anyone's nap.

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