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‘Lemon Memory’ is the new album from UK noisemakers Menace Beach. Following up from 2015’s rapturously received
debut album ‘Ratworld’, the Leeds-based brainchild of Liza Violet and Ryan Needham are back with their most psychedelic
and haunting effort to date.
‘Lemon Memory’ is in part an effort to lift a citrus based curse Ryan and Liza believe was placed on their house, using the hex
breaking power of music. With bad things happening at home, from a giant rodent infestation to gangs breaking in to attack
their landlord, Menace Beach left Leeds behind clutching a copy of ‘Mysterious Cults’ – a book they’d picked up while on tour –
and hotfooted it to Ibiza to start writing the follow up to ‘Ratworld’.
With writing complete they headed straight back to Sheffield in the studio with Ross Orton (MIA, Arctic Monkeys, The Fall).
Kicking off the album with perhaps the most straightforwardly pop moment on the record, ‘Give Blood’, ‘Lemon Memory’ gradually reveals itself is a more stretched out affair, exploring Motorik nooks and psych crannies whilst never letting go of
Menace Beach’s way with a wayward melody. Culminating in the epic drone of ‘Hex Breaker II’, ‘Lemon Memory’ may or may not be the key to breaking a lemon related curse but it definitely is the sound of a band forging their own identity, edging closer to some sort of grimy truth.
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