Rating – 3.5/5
Sister Psychosis are a UK/Canadian duo with Noel Gallagher as the inspiration for at least this single if not their founding.
So, to get this straight, Amanda May (vocals) sneaks into a Noel Gallagher gig, ends up backstage and is inspired to travel to Manchester. Whilst following a Madchester tour plan she ends up outside of Noel’s old city centre flat and writes the lyrics for Into Your Memory.
With me so far? Ok.
She then ends up meeting Alan McGee who signs her to Creation23, and sends her to work with Brighton based producer Pepper, who introduces her to his son Chops (guitar) and they form Sister Psychosis which is inspired by the Oasis track “Go Let it Out”. I can only figure the inspiration arises from Liam’s drone of “so go let it out” sounding like “psycho let it out” but that’s just on a quick listen.
Anyway. Alan (McGee) asked the two for a B side for “Into Your Memory” and the pair came up with “Beside Myself”. See what they did there?
So, after all that explanation I felt I owed it to the readers to review both efforts. After all, we’re pretty invested in the storyline now.
“Into Your Memory” sounds like Amy Winehouse singing with the Bad Seeds (as in Nick Cave and the) which is quite high praise indeed.
From the preamble I was hoping against hope it wouldn’t be some trite BritPop wannabe act and I couldn’t have been more pleasantly surprised. At the risk of making it sound prosaic the song is exactly as we’ve described. It’s a tale of sitting in front of Noel’s old flat, the inspiration of going into his world and the next steps to take.
Musically the track blends brilliantly with the vocal and has enough pace and texture to hold the interest throughout. It definitely has a soul to it that lends it an honesty and makes it seem more heartfelt and real. Very worthwhile.
As for “Beside Myself” it’s definitely a B side. Sadly not of the ilk of Oasis who had a habit of producing B sides that were easily as good as that on side A. The track has a ballsy strut to it that is very appealing with just enough of the lounge act dirtiness that you look for. The vocal effects get a bit over the top at points and really when you can sing like May can, why distort it that much?
There’s a distinct lack of the honesty and integrity of “Into Your Memory”. It feels much more off the cuff and dare I suggest, turned out purely for the need of a B side. There are some Black Keys moments in there that are good and show artistry but the turning of the vocal into something so discordant is frankly unnecessary. Chops performance does diminish on this track too. A key driving force on “Into Your Memory” turns into a backing track if anything on this one.
A mixed bag then but somewhat to be expected when you take an A side and a B side together as a whole.
Do what most people do, just focus on the A and there is a great bit of music there to get into.
Review by Jim Clinch