Memory Potion is the most recent release from Field of Bronze. The band comprised of Joshua Pitt (vocals/guitar), Jonathan Hoffman (drums) and Adam McFarland (bass) do some sufficient rocking out on this album but can also write a catchy melody. On that note this album has everything I look for when it comes to aesthetics.
This album was recorded at Sugar Hill Studios in Houston, TX. It's one of the oldest studios around and they really know how to make the music come alive. There is something to picking up a band live in a room rather than working on a laptop in a bedroom. I’m not making a case for one or the other but there is a very different energy. That’s undeniable. And I still love it when all the factors come together when a talented band combines forces with the right engineers.
The band opens with “Quest for Mystic Youth” and it’s a proper intro. I loved the broad distorted guitar chords which reminded me of The Who. It’s a dynamic and powerful wave that comes in and out of the verse. The vocals by Pitt are also on point. The melodies are catchy and memorable. By the end of the song the band reaches its first real epic moment.
“Antidote” is really catchy in a way that is not too far away from a band like The Beatles. That’s at least how the song starts with this late ’50s and ’60s pop/rock song vibe. The best moments are when Pitt just absolutely rips it up on the guitar and the ’50s pop vibe feels like it got left in the past.
Next up is the atmospheric and psychedelic “Please work for me.” The guitar tone is just killer but the whole band sounds perfectly mixed. “Zooey” might be the most single worthy song. It’s got a sing-along type quality. “Badminton” is vacant of drums and at its heart revolves around guitar and vocals.
Some of the late ’50s flavor comes back with “All you girls” - from the organ to the lyrics. There is also a hint of bands like Grizzly Bear. They continue to have some success with the massive sounding “No Matter” which embraces waves of white noise while “Go Home” is a dynamic song with a tinge of blues.
They close with “Poly5” which is a highlight. It’s psychedelic but heartfelt and is a slow burn. The song takes takes its time and showcases that some of the most quiet moments can also be the most powerful.
This was a very well executed album from beginning to end that not only contains some great individual songs but a cohesive experience. That’s something I always look for. Highly recommended.
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