Memorial – Memorial
Indie duo Memorial release their debut album Memorial with a specific softness and persistent sound. Stripped-back and slow, they writing evokes feelings of letting go, reliving memories one is unable to leave behind, the desperation of wanting someone to stay and the pain of falling in and out of love. It’s a heartbreak soundtrack that has listeners waiting for that high-tempo climax that just never comes around.
Opening track Moth to a Flame is a long and lingering introduction that presents all the expectations for the rest of the record. The soft, breathy whisper of the vocals emulates the imagery of the title, accompanied by simplistic lyrics about falling in love and the pain that comes with it. Honest follows with some sort of denial, contrary to its title. The melody is slow and meditative, as if the arrangement of instruments paces back and forth, trying to decide whether to stay or go. This sentiment connects with the closing track of Half Light.
In general, there are a lot of metaphors contained within the titles of the songs. For example, Dialtone encompasses that moment of offering someone emotional support, when they never pick up the phone and ask for help. The gentle cadence is thoughtful, as if waiting for the person on the other side, without hovering too much. Another instance is Latchkey: it looks towards items and tangible things, like songs and a certain early morning, to remember the specifics of a relationship. Carrying the weight of the lyric, “A part of me is holding onto each and every line”, its title is symbolic of how the little things matter the most.
Memorial is the titular track for the album. It’s a sweet and short melodic interval – like a breath of fresh air with lingering piano over the guitar-dominated soundtrack. Unfortunately, it disappears as soon as it comes, and listeners are once again subjected to dull sadness and slow, dreary music. Half Light closes with an uncanny sort of irony. The finality in the relationship is confirmed by the last word: “I can’t wait any longer”, which may also ring true for any listener waiting for a spark of life in the rest of the record that unfortunately just never comes.
Memorial is released on 29th April 2022. For further information or to order the album visit Memorial’s website here. The album is available in Hi-Res on Qobuz and all the major streaming services.
Watch the video for the single Honest here: