Silent League, The: The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused
Silent League, The: The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused
Artist Silent League, The
Album The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused
Label File 13 Records
Released 3/23/2004
The Brooklyn-based orchestral pop ensemble THE SILENT LEAGUE originated as the solo identity of singer/pianist Justin Russo (Mercury Rev, Hopewell, Grand Mal) in the late nineties. While a keyboardist with Mercury Rev in support of the critically acclaimed albums "Deserter's Songs" (V2) - "#1 Album of the Year - '98," NME -- and All Is Dream (V2), Russo was secretly stealing away every available moment in a busy tour schedule to write and record his own fragile, epic and highly personal statement: "The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused". The resulting debut record by The Silent League -- hailed as a "a masterful blend of sepia-toned chamber pop and sunny-sinister piano balladry" (Bang Magazine), "impressive" and "heavenly" by the Village Voice -- features performances from friends and allies Sam Fogarino (Interpol), Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiack (Mercury Rev) and Bill Whitten (Grand Mal).