"Silo Halo cover a lot of ground in just under half an hour over 4 songs, turning their noisy, moody, sophisticated post-punk into a highly refined form of art. Powerful, dreamy and with an underlying flow of melody, the EP weaves organs and pianos into a sonic mix of tense beauty. If Hoover never broke up, we would hope they sounded like this today."
Live and Die In Music's Jennifer Quigley writes an amazing track by track review of Silo Halo's most recent EP Blackout Transmission. Here are some passages by track:
Blackout Transmission: "The primal drum beat guides the guitars along creating a mind blowing wall of sound. The song is unadulterated punk rock in it’s execution and takes no prisoners. Blackout Transmission is a hark back to the days when alternative rock had attitude, rage and style."
Rosalind: "The chorus climaxes against a wall of guitar distortion which gives the track an epic romantic quality. The vocals are delivered in a truly forlorn quality and under the layers we can hear the sound of a melancholic piano. Rosalind is a beautiful ethereal noise rock track."
Urban Canyons & Beginnings: "The instrumentals on this track are what struck me the most. The bass riff immediately popped out at me. Lyrically and musically, the track takes on a certain ambience that makes it a trip to listen to, and for the genre this music places itself in, that is certainly a positive thing."
Pinhole Camera: "Acoustic guitars combined with the vocal delivery add a certain warmth to the track. Pinhole Camera is another track which as an epic romantic guitar that is enhanced by the infectious riffs and organs. The track ends with an instrumental lead by guitars and another stellar bass riff and fades out."
The most excellent blog "I Was A Teenage Shoegazer" reccommends Silo Halo's "Blackout Transmission EP".
"Noise-pop merchants Silo Halo create electrically charged songs. . . the featured track is the title track Blackout Transmission, which to the untrained English ear are very reminiscent of Sister era Sonic Youth. . . the other songs on the EP explore different styles, but they tend to show the bands more sensitive side. With dreamy melodies and delicate guitars. Pinhole Camera reminds me of The High’s Somewhere Soon, fragile beginnings that build up stirring finale."
Thanks, I Was A Teenage Shoegazer!
DCist has named Etxe among the “best record labels in the D.C. area,” and they have us in some pretty fantastic company.
Valerie Paschall writes “the word "Etxe" means "Home" in the Basque language, and the M.O. of this label isn't simply to release music but to bring bands into the family. It's not hard to identify an Etxe band: they might lean heavily on synths and acoustic guitar like local outfit Teething Veils or they might be a deep bass-driven rock outfit like Ohio's Fangs Out, but all of the projects have a haunting darkness that consumes the listener. And chances are those songs were all recorded in Petworth and no fewer than three of those bands will appear on a bill together should they all converge in the District.” Thanks, Valerie!
Read up on all of DCist's favorite local labels here.
"Unlike many in the industrial/synth pop revivalist movement, Ars Phoenix makes no attempt to sound like they are tied specifically to the early 1980s. Their use of drum machines and synths might be in line with those days, but their overall approach is far more contemporary. It balances the familiar and fresh expertly, and results for some extremely catchy songs, the type of record that draws me in over and over again."
Out thanks to brainswashed.com for such a thoughtful piece of music journalism.