Speicherstadt, 2012

“Softly held the light beneath your skin”, sings Denise Nouvion on this changeable Monday morning while the wind is swirling in her hair. The night before she and her bandmates have played their first show in Hamburg at Dockville Festival and before the Toronto-based band heads on to Copenhagen, we meet for a filming session in the old warehouse district. Denise and Evan take some photos in this historic setting with its many water channels before starting into the wonderfully melancholic “Little Expressionless Animals”. Their atmospheric dream pop feels like a soft breeze. It seems like even the weather with moments of sunlight breaking through the clouds reflects upon the bittersweet mood of this washed out Memoryhouse sound.

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Sarah Brugner
Post production
Michael Luger
Simon Brugner


Hamburg’s old warehouse district is among the most beautiful areas of the city. Constructed between 1883 and 1927 and located in the port area of Hamburg the Speicherstadt is the largest timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world. Despite being a major tourist attraction many buildings are still used for storing goods such as carpets, cocoa, coffee, spices, and electronic devices. In addition the Neo-Gothic red brick buildings now house several museums, including the Maritime Museum and the German Customs Museum. Speicherstadt is pervaded by canals, which allow access to each building by water, and is a perfect area for relaxing afternoon or evening walks, which may eventually also lead you to the close-by and newly developed HafenCity district or the construction site of the impressive Elbphilharmonie.