RACHEL GRIMES - THE HERALD

It's all about memory. Call it chamber music, post-rock, neoclassical, jazz, whatever. Memory is what binds these genres together. In the right hands, it becomes a transformative tool - a state where you open up to the music probing at your subconscious and find yourself recalling parts of your life you never knew had disappeared.

Old friends much missed; a microscopic triumph that nevertheless brought intense joy; the aftermath of fists clenched amid broken bones - all these things are within you, waiting to make themselves known when this music begins.

Rachel Grimes (of much-missed ensemble Rachel's) has signed to Temporary Residence, so you already know this will be good. 'The Herald' is the first thing to emerge from her forthcoming record, The Clearing, and it's a mesmerising cloud of smoke that fills every corner of the room with sadness and love.