Review of Memory/Imagination by Cameron Mizell, Destiny Records, 2017
“Memory. The mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events, impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences. The mental capacity or faculty of retaining and reviving facts, events,impressions, etc., or of recalling or recognizing previous experiences.”
“Imagination. The faculty of imagining, or of forming mental images or concepts of what is not actually present to the senses. The faculty of producing ideal creations consistent with reality, as in literature, as distinct from the power of creating illustrative or decorative imagery.”
What is the boundary between imagination and memory? Between something that is non-existent in reality and lives only in our fantasies and something else that has already existed, it has passed away and which we can only recover a memory? The difference may seem less precise than it sounds, we often integrate our memories with our imagination, we often use our memory to create new fantasies, we often confuse the two things. What happens when these themes touch the guitar strings of Cameron Mizell? It happens that Mizell releases this cd ”Memory/Imagination” where he accentuates some aspects already displayed in his previous album in “The Edge of Visibility” (2015). Compared to that record Mizell’s music is now more dreamy and rarefied, it still becomes like atmosphere music and the tendency to look for an immersive dimension is even more pronounced. The disc is a long talk, a long dreaming of nine songs, in which Mizell’s guitar runs between effects, melodies, loops and overdubs, creating a series of overlapping sounds and melodies that speak to our individual memory and stimulate our imagination. Time becomes something suspended and in the end there is a strange feeling, like watching the slow disappearance of the last harmonic.