Memphis “I Want the Lights on After Dark”

By One Track Mind on Thursday, March 24th, 2011  |  2,184 views

Indie-Pop

Memphis “I Want the Lights on After Dark” Memphis “I Want the Lights on After Dark”

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Earlier this month, Vancouver duo Memphis released their third full-length, Here Comes A City on their longtime home, Canada’s Arts & Crafts label. The band’s sound is right at home next to the irresistible indie-pop of labelmates such as Jason Collett, Young Galaxy, and most pertinently, Stars. (If Memphis’ vocalist Torquil Campbell sounds familiar to new listeners, it is likely because of his status as a full-time member and co-vocalist in Stars.)

The third track on the band’s new effort is “I Want the Lights on After Dark,” an impeccably crafted, three and a half minute piece with chiming guitars, a web of percussion, and thoughtfully layered vocal harmonies. As with Stars, romance has always factored heavily into Memphis’ music and this song is no exception. “After Dark” benefits from both crisp production and a velvety sentimentality that is dreamy without sounding ethereal; its sense of romance is meaty and melodic, not fey and featherweight.

Memphis’ material is compelling enough to go toe to toe with anything from Stars’ canon, something Campbell and collaborator Chris Dumon should be especially proud of. With “I Want the Lights on After Dark,” Campbell proves to be among that rare and most enviable breed of artists–the sort whose prolificness doesn’t undermine the quality of his product.

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