Monday, May 2, 2011

Memotone ~ Friend (2010)

Memotones 2010 album “Friend” comes as a surprise to me. I am not one who usually partakes in this kind of ambient/glitch/idm, but the smooth tones and acoustic instruments have swayed me. The way William Yates blends the soft subtle ballads with high strings, piano, and glitches is mesmerizing. Leaving you with a calm but not boring (I’m looking at you Boards of Canada) sound. Its sound is comparable to a mixture of Autchre, Plaid and Infinite Scale, while adding in masses of strings and woodwinds. Tracks that stood out would have to be “Sleeping in Circles” which sets the stage for what is to come. “These are your things” a collaboration of cut up vocals and instruments. And “Replace” which ends the album in a jazzy, subtle manner.

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