With their self-titled debut album arriving on April 29th through Lucy Rose’s Real Kind Records (Bess Atwell, Samantha Crain), folk-pop duo Memorial have unveiled their next sweeping effort ‘Honest’.
While their releases to date usually adopt a warm yet stripped-back aesthetic, ‘Honest’ sees the pair deliver a broader and more atmospheric endeavour with a mixture of soaring production and heartfelt dual vocals. As one of the first songs they ever conceived together, it has this raw and unbridled texture to it, almost untouched by outside influences and honing in on their original direction in its purest form.
Adding about the new release, they said, “This song is one of the first we wrote as Memorial. It’s about witnessing one of our friends in a turbulent and often emotionally abusive relationship. The song attempts to inspire hope, and to understand that they deserve better. Accepting and presenting yourself as a conduit for positive change, rather than offering yourself as a solution, you don’t need anything in return other than to know that person has found happiness.”
Their eponymous full-length LP aims to deliver a wider and more dynamic approach to their flourishing folk-pop aesthetic with the new collection delving deeper into the pair’s personal connection and experiences, creating a more intimate and honest array throughout.
Speaking about the new album, they said, “The album was a joint therapy for us, there would be no songs if we didn’t create a sacred space to talk openly and honestly without prejudice. In the process we were able to reach the depths of our heartbreak, family issues, loneliness and friendship and Cathartically wrenched them into 12 songs. We’re unbelievably proud of the outcome. It’s our first album, a truly monumental thing for us, it felt like we were working towards it before it was even a possibility, so the fact it’s finally here is mind blowing. We poured everything into it and can’t wait to put it out into the world and share it with you.”
Memorial will be hitting the road in May and June in support of the release, including dates below…
7th May – Reading – Are You Listening? Festival
12th May – London – Union Chapel (supporting Amber Run)
25th May – Birmingham – Kitchen Garden Cafe
28th May – Bristol – Dot To Dot Festival
29th May – Nottingham – Dot To Dot Festival
30th May – Manchester – The Castle Hotel
31st May – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
1st June – Newcastle – Little Buildings
2nd June – Leeds – Hyde Park Book Club
9th June – London – The House of St Barnabas
11th June – Brighton – The Folklore Rooms