After nearly three years of preparation, the SAY Award-nominated Remember Remember return now with their third album, Forgetting The Present, to be released on 30th June via Mogwai’s Rock Action label.
Remember Remember began as the solo musical outlet for multi-instrumentalist Graeme Ronald.
His love of understated repetition, chamber pop and Steve Reich-style process music, as well as his use of both traditional and abstract instrumentation (wind-up gizmos, toy sharks and the like), culminated in 2008’s self-titled debut album, recorded at Glasgow’s Green Door Studios and released on Mogwai’s Rock Action label.
By the time of The Quickening, 2011’s follow-up album, Ronald had expanded his solo project into a formidable seven-piece collective, augmented further by a string quartet on many tracks and a guest appearance by award-winning guitarist RM Hubbert.
Not only had Remember Remember’s membership expanded but so had it’s already exotic sonic palette, incorporating elements of krautrock, folk, eastern traditional music and psychedelia.
With the band’s membership solidified to Ronald, Tommy Stuart (synthesizers), Joanne Murtagh (glockenspiel & percussion), Joseph Quimby (guitars), James Swinburne (saxophone & keyboards) and Andy Brown (drums & percussion), the intention was to create a pure expression of the band’s abilities, without the augmentation of additional players.
Recorded at Glasgow’s Castle Of Doom studios with the renowned Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai) at the controls, Forgetting The Present develops Ronald’s key themes of pastoral beauty in ‘The Old Ways’ and mantric, pagan repetition as found in ‘Magnets’, yet also finds the band exploring territory unheard of in previous records such as the tropical rhythms of ‘Purple Phase’, the melancholy space-disco of ‘La Mayo’ and the hyper-sensory opener ‘Blabbermouth’.
Crafted over wintertime, Remember Remember have delivered an album that finds it creators remembering the past, casting their eyes to the future and, grandly, Forgetting The Present.
Remember Remember play live in June. Dates so far below:
13 // Glasgow, New Dennistoun Parish Church (eastendsocial.com)
27 // Liverpool, The Kazimier Garden (free entry)
28 // London, The Lexington (thelexington.co.uk/listings)
29 // Nottingham, The Chameleon Arts Café
Listen to ‘Magnets’ here: