Lush pop orchestrations compose an album built around the concept of memories and the impact they have on the present and the person.
Lush and cinematic scenes drenched with Americana folds make up Aviary Ghost's release Memory is a Hallway. The duo made up of Charlie Crimando and Stephen Kemsley holed themselves up in a one-room Michigan apartment during a long winter to record the album. Immersing themselves in bourbon and train-watching, the two wrestled with cabin fever. As the title suggest, the album's lyrics explore memories and how they shape one's identity and create the present.
What resulted is a wintry mix of falsetto harmonies, grand-scale orchestrations, and intricate pop arrangements. Standout track "Somewhere Else" begins with a quiet, stripped-down clattering of strings and a meek, solo falsetto before embarking on a cavalcade of kick drums, thick bass-lines, crashing cymbals and multi-part harmonies. The lines "I built a house for purple martins / They weren't as purple as I thought" particularly linger on the aural palate.