REVIEW of ‘Memorial’ by Richard Allen of A Closer Listen

This article was published on: March 25th, 2014

“Now that’s what I call funeral music!”

Memorial may come as a surprise to Tonesucker fans, since Steven Elsey’s solo effort is more expansive than abrasive.  The album, comprised of three extended tracks, is an homage to Steven’s father.  These tracks collect improvisations recorded over an 18-month period, and reflect the state of hearts in grief.  The track titles may refer to the period of intense mourning, but the full album tackles a much longer period.