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The Silent Years
The Globe
Defend Music
www.thesilentyears.com


The Silent Years' music has a tinge of space rock like Angels & Airwaves mixed in with folksy pop hues relatable to Son Volt and a soothing vocal timbre coming from lead singer/guitarist Josh Epstein's larynx that lulls the listener into a pacified state. The band's latest release The Globe is an enterprising meet that uses a dynamic color palette of sharp tones and courses gradual shifts in the shading and reflected shadows of the melodic layers. It is an album that stimulates positive sensations and lessens the negative. Produced by the band, The Globe has poetic sonic suspensions and melodic layers that meld beautifully.

The serried movements of "Climb On My Back" feature a bounty of vibrating lines by guitarist Fabian Halabou and keyboardist Cassandra Verras, creating pillars of friction with bassist Mike Majewski, tambourine player Pat Michalak, and drummer Ryan Clancy. It is one of the only tracks that puts Epstein's voice through an echo box propping larger shadows along the melody. The space rock bouquets of "Out Into The Wild" embroider velvety glides and calming melodic atmospherics, while the tribal beats of "Ropes" are cauterized by splashing riffs and electro-shielded keyboards which produce a vast amount of energy. The soft sway in the electro coolants gracing "The Sun Is Alive" is pacifying, which goes in direct contrast to the wooly sonic clumps rolling across "The World's Worst Birthday Gift."

The lyrics exhibit a depth of sensitivity about people and superior beings like God to the point of sounding prophetic, like in "The Sun Is Alive" when Epstein tells, "The Sun is alive and so am I / We're equal in God's eyes / That is if God sees / Yeah through the trees / which are as real as me." Then again in the bouncy tempo and cheery bossa nova shading of "Aging Gracefully," as Epstein alludes, "All of our half lives are running dry / I don't know why / I look in the mirror and start to cry / I don't know why / Everyone's watching but no one cares / A thousand stares / Everyone's laughing, we don't know why / But still we try." The album draws to a close with the circus-like feel of "Pay It Back" garbed in circular horns and hooded by lacy string arrangements, and the soft-rock undulating surf of "Open Up Our Eyes" which is tied to soft rumbling beats.

The Silent Years created and produced an album that can be passed on from generation to generation. The songs have a timeless relevance with music that has the charm of The Polyphonic Spree and melodic sprints relatable to Angels & Airwaves. It's an album that will snap you right out of an emotional malaise and into a brighter mood right after the first listen.

-Susan Frances

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