Monday, March 7, 2011


“Memor Nos” - Swimmingpool The Band

‘Memor Nos’ is the first song off of ‘Umbra’ and is texturally and dramatically quite similar to Sea Of Trees. This, however, was not necessarily intentional as I had hoped to stray elsewhere on my new collection. As fate has it this number comes off almost as a sister song to ‘Trees’.

It is, in a way, sadder and less creepy than the found-sound layered brother track. Similarly, it’s based off of an initial improvised clarinet part, followed by densely distorted/manipulated guitars. It’s also similar in how it’s touched off with a flickering piano part that is in many ways just as somber as the other.

Umbras, the name of the record, is latin for Shadows. It comes from one of my favorite phrases often associated with suicide:

“Vita fugit, sicut umbra”
(Life passes like the shadow.)

The title of the song is also latin for “Remember Us”.

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