Straight off their Fashion Night Out gig for Steven Alan last Thursday, Memoryhouse brought their hazy dream pop to Brooklyn Bowl. Lead vocalist Denise Nouvion declared that it was the first time they had actually played a bowling alley, but seemed charmed by the realization. This duo hailing from Ontario, Canada were an interesting opener to headliners Peter, Bjorn and John. Many of the audience were there for the trio of Swedes, however the peppering of commentary assured a few new fans emerging after the Canadians’ set.
Evan Abeele was up first of the band to sound check his guitar. I was disappointed to discover that Denise’s videos would not be shown in the background as in previous concerts. The videos are almost as much of the band as their languid compositions. There’s a great example of this at Yours Truly. Despite the missing videography, the band was in fine form on the eve of the release of their EP “The Years“. They played tracks “Lately”, “Sleep Patterns”, “To The Lighthouse” and “Quiet America” from that album. They also treated the crowd to some oldies (“Heirloom”) and somewhat new songs (“Walk With Me”). The duo ended with a cover of My Bloody Valentine’s “When You Sleep”, which was the perfect send off.
You can stream The Years below. Don’t be surprised if you get drowned in a wave of synth pop. It’s gloriously refreshing. New Yorkers catch them this October as they hit the CMJ 2011.