The revolving door that leads to The Memory Band's HQ has, over the past eight years or so, seen a fine and varied collection of folk co-conspirators come and go.

Step forward Stephen Cracknell, the one constant in an ever evolving group that has included Fridge bassist and In The Loop soundtrack composer Adem Ilhan, Hot Chip and sometime LCD Soundsystem multi-instrumentalist Al Doyle and award winning folk singer Lisa Knapp. Cracknell, elusive curator, erstwhile founder of the Trunk and Hungry Hill labels and occasional Wicker Man music obsessive has steered The Memory Band through a series of successful releases and notable live performances.

Oh My Days, the group's third album is a loose and divided recording, which when listened to in its entirety makes for a slightly disjointed if mostly enjoyable experience.'A New Skin', with lyrics by young soul singer Jess Roberts pitched against upbeat, simplistic banjo and guitar melody, is perhaps an appropriate metaphor for The Memory Band's latest rebirth.

Underpinned by the warm solid bass lines courtesy of Lamb's Jon Thorpe, vocals from Jenny McCormick, Liam Bailey and Tunng co-founder Sam Genders amongst others plus a sizeable cast of folk musicians lend the project a refined air. There is, however, a sense that even with yet another incarnation, The Memory Band may still not have completely thrown off the 'folktronica' tag - a double edged sword of a musical categorisation which must repel as many potential fans as it attracts - particularly on songs 'Blackberry Way' and 'Ghosts'.

Flashes of the collective's wonderful potential do occur, particularly with the fuzzy warmth of 'Some Things You Just Cant Hide' and a beautifully hypnotic cover of Sandy Denny track 'By The Time It Gets Dark'.

Oh My Days positions The Memory Band somewhere between the Imagined Village's tamer output, pre-Good Arrows Tunng and a dampened Steeleye Span. While still innovative in places, the album never really is more than 13 fiercely individual tracks which just happen to be on the same recording - but then with so many distinctive voices and musicians contributing, perhaps that's just exactly what Cracknell and co intended.

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