We Have Found The New Jerusalem

by Memory Cells

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This boldly titled recording is the second album from Memory Cells, and marks a big leap in confidence for the band. Produced by Maura O'Boyle, it sees the group relocating from the bedroom to the studio, and making the jump from 2 to 16 tracks. The same musical building blocks remain in place, however: the spectral lines of guitar, the melancholic keyboard swathes, the fragmentary percussives. But whereas Memory Cells were previously hesitant, reluctant to commit, with this recording they boldly stake their claim. Designed for ambient listening in the true sense and to be perceived as one piece rather than a collection of songs, the stated intention is to evoke a sense of mystery, timelessness and cosmic engagement. The scope of their imagination is impressive, the breadth of their ambition laudable, the scale of their achievement not to be underestimated. Like their cited mystical influences, Memory Cells find heaven in a wild flower and eternity in a grain of sand. Going one better though than first century Gnostics, C.G. Jung, the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls or William Blake, this Dublin three-piece also find spiritual fulfillment through abstract semi-electronic instrumental sounds. Simple, sparse and resolutely hypnotic, this is 'time-and-place' music, suitable for late night meditative introspection. A good accompaniment to thoughtful silence, a bad soundtrack for a Saturday night out - unless you intend sitting on a rock in the desert, that is. Memory Cells may not literally have found that fabled, mystical city but with this recording they have certainly advanced a few steps closer.
Lee Casey, Dublin Event Guide

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released May 1, 2001

Anthony Carroll, Adrienne Flynn, Stephen Rennicks
Produced by Maura O'Boyle

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Memory Cells Dublin, Ireland

Memory Cells formed in January 1999, jamming for the first time in a small bedroom in a council house in Ringsend, Dublin. Just over 2 years later, May 2001, the band came to an end at the close of a Belfast show. They made two albums, one soundtrack video and a split 7". They were, Anthony Carroll, Adrienne Flynn and Stephen Rennicks. ... more

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