Silent League, The
Silent League, The
Label: File 13 Records
Genre: Rock / Pop
Online: Artist Website


The Brooklyn-based orchestral pop band, The Silent League, originated as the solo identity of singer Justin Russo in the late nineties. While a keyboardist with Mercury Rev in support of the critically acclaimed albums Deserter's Songs and All Is Dream, Russo secretly stole each available moment in a busy tour schedule to write and record his own fragile and epic lp, The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused. The resulting debut record -- hailed as a "a masterful blend of sepia-toned chamber pop and "sunny-sinister piano balladry" (Bang Magazine), "stellar" and "heavenly" by the Village Voice- features performances from, among others, Sam Fogarino (Interpol) and Sean 'Grasshopper' Mackowiack (Mercury Rev). Blending glockenspiels and trumpets, howling guitar drones and gentle piano, the live incarnation, a dense and boisterous chamber pop ensemble, is quickly becoming NYC's most whispered about 'conversion experience'. The group skillfully melds a 70's-era piano balladry and a sense of offbeat childlike vulnerability, with the heavily arranged and darker elements of Russo's former band.