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- The Politics of Lonely by Silencio
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In todays world you have to cling on to what you can get. The train turning up on time for once, a smile from the person doling out the mars bars in the corner shop. Just small things that keep you plodding through.
Similarly, if you are a fan of sprawling, jazz inflected, mournful experimental music there has not been much to keep you occupied of late. They were kind enough to give you ‘Field Of Reeds’ by These New Puritans but that was about it for 2013. Taken in comparison with, say, ‘Hex’ by Bark Psychosis, Silencio’s third album might be considered an also ran, a pleasant mildly diverting soundscape to take your mind off things for awhile. Though in lieu of anything else to cling onto, I’ve turned onto its isolationist charms and found plenty to enjoy.
The album highlight is ‘Bridges’, a lovely spectral guitar instrumental built around an arpeggio guitar motif and warming rhodes piano. Its a beautiful piece, part La Bradford, part late-period Slowdive, part Red House Painters. Other tracks on the A side slide by in a haze of heavily effected guitars, sometimes over effected, the e-bow sound used on ‘Old You’ is distinctly not to my taste. The other stand out track comes once you flip the record over. ‘Someone Else’s Dream’ begins with guitar interplay and washes of cymbal, before building to something more abstract culminating in a kind of washy drone piece.
Overall despite the odd ‘Laughing Stock’ flourish and ‘Hex’ like atmospheres the album probably pushes further into instrumental post rock territories once mined by Tristeza and Landing.
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