Memory Aisle is more than a befitting name for Sergio Napoletano’s new EP on two major levels. For one, it evokes a strong nostalgia for the ’90s indie rock scene. And for another, the whole album is permeated by a distinctively dreamy sound that turns songs into hazy memories, floating about in the heart, kept alive not so much by details but by deep-seated emotions.
Memory Aisle is like a collection of catchy hooks, playfully melodic riffs, and swelling, jangled sections that all work beautifully in concert – not just within the songs, but also from one song to the next. This turns the album into an entire experience that immerses you into its world, which is arguably what most albums should strive to do.
The vocals are perhaps the dreamiest elements of them all, carrying you gently through the “Memory Aisle” like a laid-back, but alluring librarian, full of stories to tell.