At just 16 years old, Courtney Marie Andrews left home in Arizona for her first tour. She traveled up and down the West Coast, busking and playing any bars or cafés that would have her. Soon after, she took a Greyhound bus four nights straight from Phoenix to New York to do the same on the East Coast. For a decade or so since, Courtney’s been a session and backup singer and guitarist for nearly 40 artists, from Jimmy Eat World to Damien Jurado. She never stopped writing her own material, though. Picking up admirers like Jurado and Ryan Adams along the way, she has quietly earned a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter.
New British duo Memorial are excited to share a recording of “Cranes In The Sky”, a track by Solange that featured on her ‘A Seat At The Table’ album.
The band are also thrilled to announce that they’ll be touring with Courtney Marie Andrews throughout the UK in October, culminating in a show at London’s Union Chapel on 1st November.
Cranes In The Sky is the second track to be shared from a forthcoming new covers EP, released on the 3rd September, which will also feature covers of Fontaines D.C., Nirvana, and Warpaint.
Memorial on Cranes In The Sky: “We love this song for so many reasons. It’s so raw and beautifully crafted, and boldly vulnerable lyrically. It captures that feeling of hopelessness and how we tackle the fringes of our issues when we either don’t understand the heart of them, or we do but don’t feel like we have the strength to face them. This connected with us in a big way.
“Serendipitously, when we had reached a point where we needed to try something new, Ollie had bought a vintage 80s synth which he brought in just to test if it worked. It completely changed the landscape we were in, without destroying what we already had.
“It’s crazy how simple some solutions can be, especially of tearing your hair out in pursuit of the right thing, but going through all that and making those discoveries is what makes recording so exciting.”
Speaking of the covers process, Memorial revealed: “We really love discovering new music. It’s always an endless pursuit. Over the years we’ve always shared new finds with each other; scrutinising, loving and learning each other’s taste.
But now that we’re a band, live in each other’s pockets and write together all the time, covering music has felt like a really cathartic and fluid way to continue to push ourselves creatively and continue finding new music through one each other’s unique taste.
To us, lyrics are paramount to connection through music. Good lyrics create a borderless listening experience, where no matter what genre, if it feels sincere and relatable, it’s almost impossible to not feel impacted or attached in a personal way.
It’s always been such an integral part of our music, but we realised that our choice of songs for this EP we’re actually driven, often subconsciously, by that sense of connection. We’re always drawn to sincerity and emotion and are passionate about the therapeutic properties of music.
To be able to relate or learn more about yourself through someone else’s experience is invaluable and it’s nice to know that we’ve instinctively chosen songs for this EP that have made an impact on us.
Whether it’s cut us up, helped us not feel alone or attached themselves to our memories and continue to move with us. All good music is doing one thing, connecting.
Memorial are a young duo, Jack and Ollie. Neither are in any great hurry, with their songwriting process originally found spent solo, several hundred miles apart in Brighton and Manchester.
It’s an unorthodox process that works. You’d presume they were sharing the same mic, let alone the same room. Intrinsically connected note by note.
The duo is signed to Lucy Rose’s Real Kind Records.