Thanks to Hollywood blockbuster Inception, the world now lives in fear of their dreams being invaded. In simpler times, I could sleep confident in the notion that the dream where I’m sailing a dragon-shaped paddleboat to Jay-Z’s house in order to retrieve some video games I let him borrow (an honest-to-god real dream) was not going to be compromised by Leonardo DiCaprio-esque dream thieves. I can’t trust anyone in my dreams now and I certainly don’t trust anyone claiming to purvey pop specifically for dreams. Thus, I’m pretty skeptical about Still Corners and Memoryhouse, Sub Pop’s two latest signings.
Let’s start with Still Corners; don’t you worry, Memoryhouse, I will get to you. These Londoners deal in a hazy, cavernous brand of dream-pop, as exemplified on their 2008 debut Remember Pepper and their pair of 2010 7-inches “Endless Summer” and “Don’t Fall in Love.” At the moment, they’re working on stealing precious memories from our dreams, as well as finishing up their Sub Pop debut, which the label hopes to have out in the summer.
As for Memoryhouse, their type of dream-pop skews a little more subtle, coming close to purely ambient music at times. All the better to slyly purloin our thoughts! The Toronto-based duo has been kicking it on a few labels, having put out digital-only EP The Years on Arcade Sound, the “Lately (Deuxième)” single on Inflated Records, and the “Caregiver” single on Suicide Squeeze. Their Sub Pop debut should be out sometime by the end of the year.
While Memoryhouse is staying at home planning their latest heist, Still Corners will be taking their dream sabotage on the road. To show solidarity to their new family, they’re opening for fellow Sub Pop act The Papercuts. Those dates can be seen below, though, for all I know, the band has already inserted them into your brain via that dream in which you use a penguin to surf atop a sea of caramel.
Still Corners dates:
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - Home Slice Pizza (2:20 PM)
03.18.11 - Austin, TX - Club Deville NXNE (9:00 PM)
03.19.11 - Austin, TX - Red House Pizzeria (7:00 PM)
03.21.11 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
03.22.11 - Bloomington, IN - The Bishop *
03.23.11 - Chicago, IL - Schubas *
03.24.11 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center for the Arts *
03.25.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox *
03.26.11 - New York, NY - Mercury *
03.27.11 - Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall *