English alt-metal 5-piece Memorist release their debut single ‘Loss’, alongside a music video premiering via Dreambound’s YouTube channel (WATCH HERE). The single will be available to stream via all DSPs on November 29th (STREAM HERE) and precedes a February 2020 EP.
Utilising a wide variety of musical elements, ‘Loss’ challenges the listener at every turn to throw out their expectations of what contemporary metal can achieve. Whether it be through shoegaze inspired guitars overlaying electronic beats, or harsh vocals juxtaposing serene guitar/synth-scapes, ‘Loss’ is a master class in how to build tension. The explosive and melodic choruses give its lyrics the space to impact you in a truly profound way, and each movement gifts you with another satisfying musical texture.
It’s a song that requires vulnerability on each side. As the listener surrenders themselves to the constantly changing musical landscape, the lyrics have allowed singer Jon Sinfield to expose a deeply painful personal experience which many can relate to; the death of a loved one, “The song and lyrics are in memory of a very close friend of mine who suddenly died unexpectedly last year, aged 29. A talented tattoo artist, my old flatmate, and father to a young daughter, he died of natural causes in August 2018. His death left a huge hole in my life, and I really struggled to come to terms with the news of his passing.”
To really do justice to Jon’s writing, guitarists Ash Scott & Chris Biddiscombe also had to take a brave step, by re-thinking parts that had established the foundation of the music, “this song has actually been through three distinct versions before reaching its final form.” Explains Chris, “the first iteration was far more synth-heavy and a little more poppy, but when Jon communicated his ideas lyrically we felt as though the song needed a different direction altogether. Once we heard what Jon did in the demo version of the track, Ash and I both completely re-wrote our guitar parts to compliment and build tension where needed.”
As a mirror to the desolate lyrics, Memorist have chosen to release a video that conveys the songs meaning not just through the analogy of a man struggling to render his feelings onto paper, but through their own performances. The monochromatic visuals, the character each band member breaths into their playing, and the anguish shown on their faces; it’s undeniably a deeply affecting visual accompaniment.
Memorist’s future releases will continue to confront potent emotional themes, as the band wish for their music to catalogue the adversity faced in our most testing of times. With each single, another facet of the human experience will be confronted, culminating in an EP planned for release in February 2020.