Obsolete

by Memorybell

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Headphone Commute Delicate keys are at the forefront of each short vignette. In fact, it is only the keys that one hears, plus the ambient sounds of the player picked up by the microphones. Perhaps what one must listen to is not the chords, but the space between the chords, where the percussive instruments changes to a nearly resonating stretch of sound, left slowly to decay into the silence and the void.
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An ambient project from classically trained pianist Grant Hazard Outerbridge, Memorybell explores the emotional and environmental possibilities of ambient music, creating pieces that are simultaneously cinematic and intimate, evoking solitude and yearning, affliction and recovery. Created in a single sitting using just a creaky grand piano and two microphones, Obsolete is as concerned with exploring the spaces between notes as the notes themselves, giving each song room to breathe and encouraging the ear to wander. The percussive qualities of the piano are almost dissolved by the air surrounding each note, leaving an aching space for the tones to resonate.

In February 2014, Outerbridge awoke in a hospital with no memory of how he had arrived. He was diagnosed with transient global amnesia, a condition that causes the brain to temporarily stop making new memories. When he returned to the piano, Outerbridge found his previous compositions sounded garish. He pared them down to their essence and, along with new, more spacious material, constructed a set of variegated and subtle songs that explore the interplay between dissonance and silence. Grant lives with his wife and son in Denver, CO.

All songs composed and performed by Grant Hazard Outerbridge

Photography by Peter Bo Rappmund



"The most beautiful ambient tracks you will ever hear." - Turtle Tempo

"Deeply affecting and instantly captivating…” - Anthem Review

"Narcoleptic..." - Rockerilla | Music Won't Save You

"Like a pleasant sleeping pill..." - Luna Kafé

"As minimalist as it gets." - Tomatrax

"Effortless calm." - Exclaim!


Recorded live on April 1, 2015 at Crystal Clear Sound, Dallas, TX.

Produced by Grant Hazard Outerbridge and Peter Bo Rappmund

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released June 2, 2016

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Memorybell Denver, Colorado

Memorybell is the ambient project of Grant Hazard Outerbridge, a multi-instrumentalist and classically trained pianist who has been playing music for nearly 30 years. From 2003 to 2008, he played bass, keys, and occasionally sang in The Very Hush Hush, who toured nationally and shared the stage with bands such as Okkervil River, Stereolab, and TV on the Radio. ... more

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