" Speed of Life, Part Two" CD
Genres: indie rock, electronica, orchestral rock
PO Box 106
Manchester M32 8RG UK
Aug 27 - Sep 2 2002
from Uglyman Music, the label that brought us records from I Am
Kloot and Elbow, comes Silverman's new mini-album,
Speed Of Life, Part Two. While I have no idea where part one went,
this album will have to suffice until it's uncovered. The band play
their own brand of spacey, electronicized pop that ranges from
orchestral to beat-ridden. While their style may take some time to get
used to, the band are certainly inspired, and this is a very strong
"Don't Leave This World Without Me", for example, is a
delightfully catchy song that lays Anna Dennis' great voice
over top of a beat-driven, orchestral background. "Ctrl Alt
Del", meanwhile, has a bit of a L'Altra influence, using
male/female vocals and a very moody background to wonderful effect.
But my favourite track, by far, is the ender, "Nothing I Do,
Nothing I Say". With soft, hushed guitars, and deep, calm
drumming, it sets a perfect stage for Dennis' vocals and Helen
Maltby's viola-playing to interact. And, instead of clashing, they
complement each other all the way until the song slowly fades away.
It's this sort of spacey ambience that makes Silverman's music
really shine, and will hopefully characterize their future releases.
While far from perfect, Speed of Life, Part Two is an
appealing record that shows a lot of promise for Silverman to
live up to.
35 min 23 sec; 7 tracks; distributed by Opal
Music; released 2002]