Solace

by Memorybell

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Cold Dawn 07:45
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Contrail 11:10
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Desire Line 09:15
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Canopy 06:53

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Taking inspiration from moments of repose, 'Solace' sees Memorybell expand upon the pockets of stillness introduced in 'Obsolete' and enlarge them until one can become lost. 'Solace' explores the kinds of natural phenomena that can calm an anxious mind, such as watching an orange sunrise over snow or sitting alone in a quiet forest. These moments of inspiration provide the core of each song, with a few seconds transformed into expansive meditations.

The mechanics of creating the album mimic the ideas that inspired it. In late 2016, Outerbridge began building a modular synthesizer that became the source instrument, alongside piano. Notes are sustained and re-shaped into resonant tones effacing their initial impulses. Piano phrases bounce between filters and echo into themselves; arpeggiated strings become mist; one thought dissolves into many. This scattering of focus creates a blanket of sound, a feeling that there is nowhere to look but everywhere.

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“Essential to anyone searching for an aural retreat from an over-compressed world of packaged sound... Brian Eno meets Satie.” — HEADPHONE COMMUTE

“Deeply affecting and instantly captivating.” — ANTHEM REVIEW

“Effortless calm.” — EXCLAIM!

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released October 2, 2020

All songs by Grant Hazard Outerbridge.

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio.

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Memorybell Denver, Colorado

Memorybell is a project from classically trained pianist Grant Hazard Outerbridge that explores the emotional and environmental possibilities of ambient music. His releases are simultaneously cinematic and intimate, evoking solitude and yearning, affliction and recovery. ... more

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