Hearing tracks from Glasgow’s Remember Remember is – true to the band name — like listening to a distant memory. Layers of orchestrals come flooding in, overwhelming you emotionally, and yet the puzzle pieces are incongruent, cloudy, and quickly forgotten as the music whispers along. It’s this kind of vivid, precise musicality that has earned Remember Remember comparisons to Brian Eno and Philip Glass.
Remember Remember is the brainchild of Graeme Ronald, who started tinkering with toys (literally, like shark toys) to create beautiful instrumental tracks. Fellow Scot and post-rock mogul Mogwai found Graeme and signed him onto the label Rock Action, and even toured with him for awhile. Graeme released Remember Remember’s self-titled debut album in 2008, along with a few Rock Action collaborators. A few songs, like the psychedelic track “Imagining Things,” is treated as a movement in a larger, 3-part symphony.
The band grew to seven members, eventually dropping the EP RR Scorpii, followed by the recent full-length, The Quickening — which earned them a shared stage with Belle and Sebastian. These days the band uses endless instruments, atmospherics, and complex, looped prog tropes to take listeners deep into their own subconscious. It’s like having a dream that you can’t quite describe, but you know it gave you fuzzy feelings – and that’s all you need to know.
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