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Memoryhouse formed some five years ago in the depths of Southern Ontario, Canada, in a mid-size town called Guelph as a collaborative project meant to serve as an artistic outlet for composer Evan Abeele and photographer Denise Nouvion. Evan, a dedicated student of classical music and a pop-music encyclopedist, intended Memoryhouse to be a multimedia art project, pairing his instrumental ... Read more in Amazon's Memoryhouse Store

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  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B006UFH3F4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,899 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Slideshow Effect, Memoryhouse's full-length follow up to 2011's The Years EP, finds the band heading toward a new clarity in composition and sound; a more organic direction for artists who are, in their own words, transitioning from a "bedroom recording project" into a fully realized band. They half-seriously refer to their new sound as "Taylor Swift with Built to Spill as her backing band." However The Slideshow Effect might be described, we at Sub Pop truly love it. The album was produced by Abeele, with assistance from friend, collaborator, and bassist Barzin Hassani Rad.

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Worth a purchase, and worth a listen.
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Their song are akin to a more quiet and mellow Metric, furthermore, the songwriting is excellent.
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I've been a fan of Memoryhouse for years, and their debut LP is just fantastic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Daniel TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 23, 2012
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Memoryhouse's debut album THE SLIDESHOW EFFECT is not just a fantastic first record, it's one of the most enjoyable of 2012 (so far). This collection of 10 dream-pop songs work wonderfully together, and they stand on their own as well. Marked by repetition, atmospheric reverb, and serene soundscapes, THE SLIDESHOW EFFECT is a great effort in the genre. Many of the songs in this collection evoke imagery playing in slow motion, much like a dream or a memory of a long-gone era. Unlike many dream-pop albums, this record demands to be paid attention to. While this music is fine for the background, the subtle details of most songs are what set this album apart from its contemporaries.

At its best, THE SLIDESHOW EFFECT is hypnotizing, beautiful, and full of imagery. There are times though, when the vocals slip from dreamy to (what felt to me as) expressionless. As always, with atmospheric indie rock, there runs a risk of coming across as pretentious or boring, but I'm happy to report that Memoryhouse completely avoids this territory. I would not be surprised to see this on many critic's top 10 of 2012 lists.

I'd recommend this album to fans of Beach House's Bloom, Wye Oak's Civilian, and Telekinesis's12 Desperate Straight Lines. Highlights of this album are "Little Expressionless Animals," "Old Haunts," and "All Our Wonder." Because I recognize that other reviews prefer other tracks to these, I'd recommend sampling the album first.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. Holman on April 29, 2012
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I've been a fan of Memoryhouse for years, and their debut LP is just fantastic. It's perfect for when you need to relax and just go, "Aaaaahhhhh..." They kept their sound intact, but augmented it to make it even better.
You can feel all Denise Nouvion and Evan Abeele's wanderlust and love and hunger for beauty filling up these songs. Maybe it's the images, too, because every song feels like its own movie. It is passionate and vibrant and full of love. That, I think, is what makes a great album. The acoustic guitar opening on "Punctum" makes me feel like I've suddenly been transported to a little prairie cabin at sunset. Listening to "Bonfire" I can see two people huddled by the fireplace; snowing outside. On "Little Expressionless Animals" I can see mountains out a plane window. Every song is like that.
"The Slideshow Effect" is wonderful; five stars; and I couldn't recommend it more. I can't wait for the next one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zackwlsn5 on March 14, 2012
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This is such a great debut album from such a great band. Their first release was a slow, short EP called The Years. They've moved slightly away from that monotonous sound in the EP and created a fun first album.

Within the first two songs you can tell that they've made a 180 with some great, catchy, and upbeat songs that will have you hooked. The rest of the album takes a slower turn but it's still a worth while listen.

The standouts to me are the first two tracks, "Little Expressionless Animals" and "The Kids Were Wrong", and then "Walk With Me" and "Old Haunts" standout on the later half of the album.

As someone who buys cd's not only for the music but for the artwork as well I was so pleased. The lead singer, Denise, is a photographer so the album comes with a 16-page booklet full of photographs she's taken as well as the lyrics for each song.

This is a must have for lovers of that increasingly popular "dream pop" genre. It matches that description so perfectly. You won't regret the buy.
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By Courtland on June 3, 2014
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Relaxin' to listen to.... Does this count as "chillwave"? I dunno, genres are never too clear for me, but I'd say this music is pretty chill.
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By Michael E. Canter on October 14, 2013
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Upon first listen of The Slideshow Effect by Memoryhouse you will immediately take notice of two not-so-subtle generalizations:

-- They have an incredible knack for making each instrument sound like a heartbeat.
-- Every chord on this album resembles life's initial breath.

Having listened in full, if you walk away with that same feeling, consider yourself in the majority. For proof, the last 90-seconds of the song Heirloom is all you need. If there is indeed a mystical breath of life, then in the diffused, ambient world of chill wave, Heirloom is it.

At times, Memoryhouse can get a bit maudlin; this is a debut full-length after all and it is an ambient record, but songs like Walk With Me and The Kids Were Wrong help self-contain that oozing emotion. Others, like Punctum and Heirloom for instance, enhance that ambiance. --- Michael Canter - Jivewired
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By The Remedy on December 30, 2012
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Evan and Denise are great. Love their jams. I'd probably marry Denise if I was half as cool as she was. A bit more on the pop side compared to their older stuff, but I like the change up. I hope their next set of jams will bring something new as well.
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