Oberhofer – “Memory Remains” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brad Oberhofer recorded 106 demos and traveled to the four corners of the continental United States in pursuit of Chronovision, the sophomore LP he’ll release this summer on Glassnote. Oberhofer’s stops along the way ranged from NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios to what remains of LA’s storied Sound City, from tracking in a humble Tacoma home studio to laying on a pristine finish with Ben Allen in Atlanta. Our first preview of the finished 12-song set is “Memory Remains,” which is not a ReLoad-era Metallica cover but rather a gleaming, serrated New Wave track. Oberhofer croons the word “Me-mo-ries!” with the playful theatricality of Brandon Flowers on Broadway, and the arrangement carries him along like an engine pushed to its limits; you can almost hear the gears grinding inside his manic musical machine. It’s a big, bold gesture that makes for a grand reintroduction. Hear it below along with some snazzy visual accompaniment.

Chronovision is out 8/21 via Glassnote.

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