MEMNON SA Share New Track ‘Heca Emem Ra’ And Announce UK Debut Album ‘Citadel’
Out from the mists of London emerges MEMNON SA with the debut release Citadel. MEMNON SA is the new instrumental psych-folk/doom brainchild of the talented Misha Hering (Among the Bones, Holy Mountain Studios). Citadel is a masterfully bleak collection of compositions, which combine the crushing suspense of the doom genre aligned against almost Boredoms-esque passages of texture and psychedelic and folk overtones.
You can find comparison for Citadel in recent bands by looking to the more atmospheric end of the Doom genre with artists such as Sunn O))) and Boris, but you also find yourself being reminded of dark 1970’s Kraut Rock bands such as Popul Vuh, Tangerine Dream, and Ash Ra Temple which only adds a further transcendental appeal for the album. MEMNON SA lets you make comparisons to these artists and then adds to them further exploring what Misha calls “ancient psychedelia”.
Citadel works best when experienced as a singular piece of music, but standout tracks such as Heca Emem Ra show a dark musical landscape all of its own, sombre but hopeful. MEMNON SA creates an environment that combines very primitive forms of excitement and fear, which is very evocative of 1970’s cinema, particularly suspenseful soundtracks such as Solaris and Stalker. This can also be related to more modern films such as Prometheus or Leviathan, which would be suited to the sounds of isolation and mystery that Citidel creates. Film is a big influence of Misha’s song-writing process as he states that it is very similar to “what a film composer would be doing, trying to create a musical landscape that evokes certain images”.
Albums that manage to merge such a wide variety of styles and exhibit such a multitude of musical landscapes are rare, this is an LP that is drawn from a niche world, but will appeal to many below the surface.
MEMNON SA have produced a debut which is both accomplished and diverse, and only the very start of this journey.
And now MEMNON SA share a new track Heca Emem Ra which can be streamed below, if you missed it, you can also stream Black Goddess on this very website and Citadel will be officially released on 20th October 2014 on via Pyramide Noire Records.
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