New album due in August 2014

Its been awhile in the pipeline but we are very pleased to announce that our new album 'There Is No Perfect Place' will be released in August on the Hibernate label.

The album has been mastered by Antony Ryan of ISAN and will come with a bonus disc with initial copies featuring remixes, alternate versions and out-takes.

Track list
Back to the Moment
The Island of the Day Before
Golden Afternoon
Then and Now
I Could Live Like This Forever
There is a World Without You
Coldstream
In the House at Midnight
There is No Perfect Place
Back to the Moment 2

We will also be undertaking a short tour to promote the release. Details to follow. In the meantime you can listen to There is a World Without You below....

January recordings

In cold january 2014 we convened in York to start work on our third album. Meanwhile our second record 'There Is No Perfect Place' is now complete and will be issued on Hibernate in June. We hope to be touring in August.

There Is A World Without You

Taken from the forthcoming album 'There Is No Perfect Place'.

Music and Migration III -out now

Those nice people at Second Language have today released the third instalment of their Music and Migration series of compilation albums. This time round we are pleased to tell you that it includes a brand new unreleased Memory Drawings tune called 'Wheatfields'. This was recorded in haste on Joel's recent trips over to the UK, started in February 2013 and finished up in June just gone. The album also contains unreleased tracks from ISAN, Colleen, Glen Johnson, Mark Fry, Sharron Kraus and loads of others. The artwork is just gorgeous, please click the link below to buy.

http://www.normanrecords.com/records/142847-various-music-migratio


July update



The sun streams through the makeshift curtains in the studio that only a couple of weeks ago was alive to the sounds of a frantic recording session. Joel had arrived in the UK for a brief 48 hour stop in order to complete some long overdue Memory Drawings business which we have detailed below:-




We have completed a remix for Littlebow -an oddball outfit containing two of our favourite artists Katie English  (Isnaj Dui) and Kieron Phelan (Phelan/Shephard/State River Widening). Our effort will appear on their upcoming second full lengther due on Second Language later in the year.

We have finished our contribution  to the upcoming third instalment of the 'Music and Migration' compilation due out through Second Language later this year.  Check the Second Language site for updates.

We have also been working a series of home recordings which take the form of 'a day in the life' having been recorded at various times on the same day. We hope to release this as part of...or separate to... our forthcoming album 'There is No Perfect Place' which is almost complete. Richard is heading into the studio mid July to do some final mixing tweaks.

So we leave the sales pitch til last.  We have some slightly mis-pressed copies of our debut album 'Music For Another Loss' for sale. Basically the tracks on CD2 are slightly in the wrong order, one track got shifted by some mysterious poltergeist during mastering so threw everything out. Otherwise its identical to the initial now sold out release. Please visit Richard's Discogs page to get yourself a copy.

And 'Music For Another Loss' is now available digitally at Itunes and Amazon and other purveyors of digital sound.


We hope this finds you having a nice summer, thank you to anyone who has posted nice comments on our Facebook page, it is really appreciated.

Post tour ramblings




Once again the decision to uproot, travel thousands of miles (for some) and  drive ourselves into the ground with organisational chaos was justified by a life affirming set of dates. The sheer kindness we discover on the road floors us every time.

We were almost thwarted from the get go by an M1 pile up that threatened to scupper our London show. We snuck off a handily placed slip road, detoured the Leicestershire countryside before
arriving in London just 15 minutes late.

The 'Be Prepared' promoters were just that and had everything in place for what was a wonderful gig. Where did the 100 plus people come from? We have no idea but it was a pleasure to play in front of such a large crowd and one made up of so many familiar faces.

The madcap drive home the same night allowed us have a lovely sunny saturday lunchtime in York before heading back onto the Great North Road for a stunning gig in Newcastle. The inaugral On The Bridges show was one of the most enjoyable of our short career, the Modern Tower venue has to be seen to be believed. A freezing cold day in Edinburgh was rounded off by a lovely intimate gig in the darkened recesses of The Banshee Labyrinth.

There are too many people to thank but here goes. First up our marvellous string players for each show, Katie English (London), Sarah Kemp (Newcastle) and Florence Fawcett (Edinburgh) seamlessly performed with us despite zero rehearsing and last minute changes of plans. Our warm up man a.k.a the wildman of finger-picked acoustic./electro folk Chris Tenz baffled and stunned audiences in equal measure , there were spot on supports from Grapefruits, Michael Marwood and Talvihorros. We are so grateful to the hard work of the promoters James and James (Be Prepared), Ally (Pendulum Man) and the most organised man in rock Paul Elam (Sleepsound/On the Bridges).

We are just putting the finishing touches to our next album 'There Is No Perfect Place',  once that is done and out we will tentatively head out again, for the moment we can drift away to our normal lives with the loveliest of memories. 

February gigs update

We have all arrived from far flung places and are busy rehearsing for this weekends shows as well as recording our second album. Here are a few further updates on the gigs:-

Fri 08 - Cafe OTO London (Tickets:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/202435)
support from Chris Tenz/Grapefruits

Sat 09 - Morden Tower, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/202611)
support from Chris Tenz/Michael Marwood

Sun 10 - The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh (Tickets: http://www.pendulummanconcerts.com/)
support from Chris Tenz/Talvihorros

We are delighted that Katie English (Isnaj Dui) will be performing with us at the London show. Florence Fawcett of Glissando will join us for our Newcastle and Edinburgh shows.

We are busy now so check out our Facebook page for further updates and hopefully an album teaser before the end of the week.

February tour dates in full

February tour dates are now confirmed:

08 - Cafe OTO London (Tickets:http://www.wegottickets.com/event/202435)
09 - Morden Tower, Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/202611)
10 - The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh (Tickets: http://www.pendulummanconcerts.com/)


WATCH footage from the last show of our September tour at Sacred Trinity Church, Salford



Recordings and short tour

We are pleased to announce that we are playing a show in Edinburgh on Sunday February 10th with our good friend Chris Tenz and the very exellent Talvihorros. Here is the Facebook event page:-

 http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/events/483687095016729/

We are hoping to add a date or two beforehand and will announce any further shows as and when. 

Recordings for our second album tentatively titled 'There Is No Perfect Place' continue in early February and we hope to have the album ready for a late 2013/early 2014 release date. But as you know, these things take time

Post tour

Well this has been a tour of undoubted success! We were welcomed with open arms wherever we went and at least 4 out of the 5 shows were special in their own unique way. Thanks to everyone who showed up to watch the shows,  turnouts were terrific throughout and we sold many a CD so thanks for your generosity. We must apologise to anyone who came to see us in Sunderland, the venue we were supposed to play in had been closed down so we ended up in a rock club, ACDC over the PA system and the bleed from the band on the floor below drowning us out! 

We have a lot of people to thank:- namely Paul Elam for helping set everything up, Brian at Books For Amnesty York for letting us turn his shop into a gig venue for the night, all the great Wharf Chambers people in Leeds (what a venue!), George and his Headfall people  in Bristol, Ben and Arran in Sunderland for patience in an impossible situation, David and team in Manchester and all the bands we played with. It's a rarity for support acts to be chosen with such military precision and to fit in perfectly with the aesthetic.

Suddenly finding ourselves in the age of instantly uploaded photos and videos, we have a slew of footage to share, which we will do over the next few posts.......

Leeds Wharf Chambers show on YouTube

Pretend you were at our Leeds Wharf Chambers show by watching the whole damn lot of it on YouTube. We've posted it below to make it even easier for you.



Tracklist:
Heptonstall, The Canal's Drowning Black, There Come Days to the Hills, Slump Sundays, Sunstruck, Chinese History Colden Water, Dead Leaves, Untitled.

Recording Studio

We returned to the recording studio two weeks ago to start work on what will be our second album.  We have a great time with super producer Ross Halden who saw to our every ridiculous whim. We will return in January for mixing and hopefully completion.   Here is a picture of Joel overdubbing dulcimer in the stairwell.


'Sunstruck' free to download EP


To celebrate our UK tour we are offering free to download a brand new EP featuring two tracks from our now-sold-out 'Music For Another Loss' album, one previously unheard track 'High Sea Light' and an exclusive remix of 'Drift Apart' by Loner Deluxe (Rusted Rail).

Go to our Bandcamp page to download for free!

http://memorydrawings.bandcamp.com/album/memory-drawings-sunstruck-ep

Memory Drawings on 'End of a Season' sampler


'End Of A Season - a Second Language label sampler' : 39+ minutes of new and exclusive music from The Cloisters, Richard Moult, Memory Drawings, Mark Fry/The A Lords, Directorsound, Tyneham House, Piano Magic, Klima, Glen Johnson, The Home Current and Aine O'Dwyer. Existing Second Language subscribers will receive this compilation FREE with Richard Moult's Yclypt album. Non-subscribers can buy it (for £5!) from  :


http://www.secondlanguagemusic.com/SL018x.html

On the road


We will be on the road for a small number of concerts in the UK in September. Please see dates below.









September 2012

12 - Books for Amnesty, YORK (w. Ten).

13  - Wharf Chambers, LEEDS (w.Maggie 8, Ithaca Trio, Ten ) Info - http://www.wharfchambers.org.

14 - Cafe Kino, BRISTOL (w. Many Fingers, Ten, Headfall) Info - http://www.cafe-kino.com.

15 - Split Festival [Secret Venue TBA), SUNDERLAND (w. Matt Stalker, Fables, Deerhart). Info - http://www.splitfestival.com/home.htm.

16 - Sacred Trinity Chapel, SALFORD (w. riverrun, J.Collin) Info - http://www.littleredrabbit.co.uk/trinity.htm


There is a Facebook page which will keep you updated on ticket information.

Going......going.....

We hear on the grapevine that 'Music For Another Loss' has now sold out. This is, of course, terrific news BUT as Second Language do not re-press then this will be the end of the run forever. A few copies re available direct from Norman Records so move quick. We have procured a small amount for our upcoming UK tour (dates to follow shortly).

Music For Another Loss





ORDER HERE


Memory Drawings is the beguiling, drum-less project of Minneapolis-raised, Morocco-based hammered dulcimer player Joel Hanson, erstwhile Hood guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and sometime Declining Winter main-man Richard Adams, and Lanterns on the Lake/Brave Timbers violinist Sarah Kemp.

Partly inspired by Adams’ native West Yorkshire landscape (particularly as enshrined in Ted Hughes’ and Fay Godwin’s 1979 poetry/photography essay Remains of Elmet), Music For Another Loss maps the contours between brooding melancholy and redemptive calm. It’s an equipoise reflected in a musical signature which simultaneously suggests both classical minimalism and hearth-side folk, but which, tantalizingly, is never quite either. With Hanson’s exotic dulcimer peals always at the core, framed in Adams’ and Kemps’ halos of poignant melody and harmony (here and there augmented by guest keyboardists Rachel Grimes, of Rachel’s, and Gareth S. Brown, along with the occasional trace of vocals from Yvonne Bruner) this is a seductive, watercolour music whose true potency lies in its subtlety, but which gets right under the skin from first listen, nonetheless.  

While Memory Drawings is an ostensibly instrumental project, Music For Another Loss also features a second disc comprising Yvonne Bruner-led vocal versions of many of the first disc’s tracks, alongside a clutch of total reinvention remixes by Rachel Grimes, Dakota Suite, Piano Magic (featuring Disco Inferno’s Ian Crause on guitar) and Bracken.   

May 2012



We are pleased to announce that 'Music For Another Loss' will be released later this week on Second Language

Purchasing details and further info will follow but for now please enjoy a video for its penultimate track 'Chinese History of Colden Water'.  

April 2012

There's been a slight hitch is getting our debut CD ready and out into the world but we now hope it is a mere matter of weeks away. The packaging is elaborate as you may expect from the label we have aligned ourselves with.

We are working on videos and as well as the album there will be a couple of web only bonus tracks which can only be found here.

More news soon

January 2012

Our album has been mastered, polished, given the once over by a clever man in Denmark and has been sent to the record company. We await news of what happens next. In the meantime we are planning a few shows in September 2012. If you can help please look at our page on the Sleepsound (our nice booking people) website and get in touch!