There is so much that can be gleaned from repetition, and in an era of uncertainty, so much solace to be found.
On Memories, Vipid unleashes waves of sound in circular motions. The project was founded in 2017 in St. Louis, and has since reached tendrils out far beyond that. Memories is, as its title suggests, more tied to the temporal than the geographic. With many songs named after specific times in the day, this record glides through time.
“Home” introduces the concept by bubbling under with patterns that spread and contract. “Night Tides” delves into the darkness between tones — you can dance to this in the same way you might dance to the ocean, losing yourself to the rhythm of guitar plucking. “Dawn” lurches into something more 80s inspired. Feel the landing of a cinematic UFO, the unfurling of a new reality.
Nostalgia returns in a new form on the music box-esque “Six”, complete with the wind-down at the conclusion. Don’t be deceived, there is no lack of bite on this down-tempo collection. “Fracture” begins mellow, but opens up into something bigger, darker, before pulling back again. Like the album as a whole, there is more than at first meets the eye — or the ear.