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Music Review: Memory Palace

a1960868747_2Shrewsbury, Massachusetts- With summer officially in full swing, a litany of new albums to take with you to the beach and road trips have swarmed the markets. Some rise to prominence like Jack White’s latest album, while others remain dormant waiting to be discovered. One of those discoveries is Memory Palace, the debut LP from the Brooklyn-based band Stone Cold Fox. Since listening to their excellent 2012 EP The Young, many have been waiting for their full-length foray.

From the beginning with “Sold,” the band gets you into the summer groove right away. The second track, “Seventeen” maintains the pace while also hinting at the turn that is about to come. “Time’s Up” feels like the perfect indie club anthem that makes you just want to get up and dance. “Darling, Darling” is a lovely combination of 50’s style rock and modern alternative that form a delicious blend.

Near the middle of the album, things begin to take a turn toward the contemplative.  In “Graduation,” the band begins the pump the brakes and focus on the past. The album’s titular song, “Memory Palace” and “Adaptation” continue on those ideas. “January” takes a moment to pump up the pace for a split second before dragging the listener back down to their thoughts. “Reprise” (an entirely instrumental track) and “Spider and the Fly” bring the album to an audacious conclusion and at the end of it all you feel as if you’ve taken a long journey.

A memory palace is a mnemonic device that uses images to remember information. Though the device, also known as the Method of loci, is largely visual, the power of music can also evoke that spark in memory. Memories are attached to the music we listen to and every album is like a time capsule of thoughts, feelings, and remembrances of a time long since past. Stone Cold Fox aims to do just that with their latest album: send you on a quest through your own memory palace. And they do just that.

Stone Cold Fox is a band that more people should know. Their debut LP is a remarkable achievement that is equal parts rousing and thought provoking. This is the type of album that makes you want to go on a long drive in the summer night, thinking about the past while watching the future crawl by in front of you. Memory Palace is an arresting debut that sucks you in and will leave you wanting more again and again.

Memory Palace is available through Amazon and iTunes as well as through the band’s site, http://stonecoldfoxmusic.com/index. Tour dates and other cool stuff are on there as well! Check out their EP, The Young, as well. It’s quite good. 

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