“When I started work on Memorial, I knew I wanted to get away from the lo-fi sound from my previous releases,” Alec West, aka Another Green World tells us. The Memphis musician, with the Brian Eno-evoking name, has certainly made good on that ambition on “Disguise”, the first single from the album. It’s a sprawling track of lugubrious dream-noise.
“I found myself pulled in different directions between early 80’s synth pop and late 80’s shoe-gaze. Memorial is the result of stream of conscious writing, both in music and lyrics.”
The album, which he recorded over the course of the last year at his home studio on vintage synthesizers and drum machines, is due out October 21. “Sometimes I would start by writing the entire song on acoustic guitar, sometimes I’d start with a sequencer, and I recorded around 20 songs for it before cutting it down to what really felt right. Sonically I was inspired by the work of Martin Hannett, his work with the Durutti Column, and Joy Division is inspiring.”
“Disguise” is one of the only songs on the album to eschew the synths, opting instead for an acoustic guitar riff, (that first chord change), brightened up by roiling feedback.
“The song is mostly about the loss of my dog, back in April,’ he says. “The music had been written but I was writing lyrics and that’s just what ended up coming out.”