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Melody Memory EP
Antenna Farm Records

Rating: 5/10 ?


February 16, 2005
A six-song EP of acoustic shoegazer/dream pop stuff, Melody Memory is a steady, pleasant album. Bringing together electronic beats, acoustic guitars, keyboards and breathy vocals, Greg Moore (half of Oakland's Moore Brothers) generates an album that conjures up dreary, wet days, moping around with your kitty.

The first track on Melody Memory sounds a lot like a stolen track from American Analog Set's Updates, and the comparisons keep on from there. The EP brings forth memories of the Postal Service, Owen and more, and doesn't do a whole lot to separate itself from the pack.

It is a bit slower and more contemplative than its counterparts, meandering happily toward an ending that isn't entirely planned, just kind of found and accepted - but Melody Memory is not strong enough to force its way in anywhere.

Melody Memory will make lovely dinner music, for drinking wine and sitting by the fire, but it's basically meant for the background. It is better than white noise, since it has some catchy beats and will gently wash over you, but in all, it's easily replaceable.

What Melody Memory does best, then, is indicate the potential for a solid full-length album from Sandy Coates in the near future.

Reviewed by Mike Hammer


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