When I was sent a copy of Memories of Machines ‘Warm Winter’, I was a bit skeptical until I read the guest spots: Steven Wilson, Colin Edwin, Robert Fripp, Jim Matheos, Peter Hammill, and more. Holy prog-rock boner inducing list! Seriously, though, can you think of a guest list that gets your rocks off more than that? So, with a list like that, you can easily understand why I had quite high expectations. But were those expectations met?
The production of this album can be described in one word: warm. Everything sounds lush, organic, rich and, in the end, warm. It’s an album that embraces you, never shunning you with harsh tones or piercing frequencies. A perfect example is the cello in the beginning of ‘Beautiful Songs You Should Know’: I felt like I was sitting in a concert hall as its tone washed over me, almost seeing the bow slide across the strings.
Tracks such as ‘Lost and Found In The Digital World’ and ‘Lucky You, Lucky Me’ are standout tracks, rich in ambient soundscapes and lush tones.
The Final Word: Warm Winter is a sublime debut from Memories of Machines. It’s not an album for everyone but rather for those who can appreciate the beauty of feeling melancholy and yearning. Enjoy this album while remember times gone by.