This track “Into the Wild” is the first we’ve one heard from Brooklyn’s Memoranda, in fact it’s the first they’ve released, and we’re already smitten. It’s a storm of quiet/loud dynamics pushing against languid, leaned-back harmonies from Hector Andres Silva and Sarah Sigro, with Kevin Dye, also of the New Jersey band Gates, rounding out the trio.
“I was in a few bands in college and recorded a couple of songs with friends, but was never in a band ‘full-time’, Sigro explained to us. “I’ve been singing forever and was interested in making music again so it was just a natural fit when Hector and I got together and started working on the songs.”
Silva grew up in Bogota, Colombia. “The music world in Colombia is very diverse, much like America, but what distinguishes it is the presence of traditional and modern music from the region. In addition to Colombian vallenato, cumbia and salsa, music from the Caribbean, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, etc. is commonly heard at parties, stores, bars, restaurants, and nightclubs, just about everywhere.”
It’s an American band that the sound here calls to mind more readily, however. “Smashing Pumpkins are definitely a formative influence for all of us. I’m also longtime Nick Drake fan, so the simplicity and open-chord techniques behind his writing are a major influence.”