Memoryhouse didn’t actually set out to be a band. It took form 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 compositions with Denise’s photographs and short films.
Where Evan and Denise took their own music was a quick distance from
where they began, recording, refining, and conceptualizing their
aural-visual collage in the bedroom of a suburban family home.
Individually and together, they experimented with themes, lyrics and
multiple layers of instrumentation, with Nouvion’s soft, ethereal
voice anchoring the frozen textures of Abeele’s compositions with
frank sentimentality—a uniqure approach towards humanizing the
electro-pop compositions they were creating.
The new album is titled The Slideshow Effect. The title speaks to what
hasn’t changed for Memoryhouse: their continuing interest in the
synthesis of the aural and the visual. It refers to the
photographic/cinematic technique of zooming and panning to animate
still images, often used in documentary film making to give movement
to archival photographs. The Slideshow Effect will be released on Sub
Pop Records on February 28, 2012.