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Silver Screen
The Greatest Story Never Told
Clairecords
www.clairecords.com


Here's the next record for the list of best shoegaze albums of the year, folks. This new release from Silver Screen has that distinct tone, that sense of being that instantly transports me back to 1991. Less sonic wash and more pop, I can hear traces of bands like The Darling Buds and Lightning Seeds all over The Greatest Story Never Told. The songs are laid back and far more relaxing than much of today's music, preferring to lull the listener into a state of well-being than to jar them into wakeful restlessness.

Closet musical genius Cris Miller is Silver Screen - he writes the songs, plays the instruments, and produces the records. His guitars jangle with just the perfect amount of trebly sparkle, highly reminiscent of later Trashcan Sinatras and possibly The Railway Children. Vini Reilly-style delays come in and out all over the record, lending an air of ambience that is rare to find mixed in with songs of such understated pop merit, especially near the beginning of the record on songs like "Ahh Ahh" and "Won't You Ever Know". "How Can We End" introduces acoustic guitar (without copious amounts of delay and chorus) into the mix, moving the shoegaze more into the realms of dreampop, while retaining a very early 90's timbre. The spirit of Slowdive comes to the head on "Like A Winter Day", awash in thick pads of highly effected guitar and light background drumming. "Something To Prove" could just as easily be a track off of a Trashcan Sinatras record, albeit with a more delicate vocal presence. Hammered dulcimer creates some nice additional texture on "She Counts The Rain", adding to the most sonically deep track on the record. "Girl Like You" moves towards an almost electronic feel -becoming obvious with its drum machine and very Ian Broudie-esque vocal melodies and production style. The album wraps with "Tiny Shards", an almost Syd Barrett style acoustic folk number, cheery and full of shining mood.

The songs on The Greatest Story Never Told are almost lackadaisical, more soothing creamy goodness than anything harsh or challenging. Don't look here for distorted guitars or Kevin Shields style sonic experimentation… instead settle back with a nice beverage, turn down the lights, and allow yourself to be transported to a faraway place of magic and calm and beauty.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:
1. Ahh Ahh
2. Won't You Ever Know
3. How Can We End
4. Hello Friends
5. Like A Winter Day
6. All I Have
7. Something To Prove
8. She Counts The Rain
9. You Said
10. Rockinghorse Road
11. Girl Like You
12. Tiny Shards


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