The Silent League: Breathe

The Silent League:

The Silent League don't live up to their name. They are far from silent, but they do meet the definition of 'league':

    "An alliance or combination of two or more nations, parties, or persons, for the accomplishment of a purpose which requires a continued course of action, as for mutual defense, or for furtherance of commercial, religious, or political interests, etc." 

Perhaps I will add 'musical interests' to the defintion - that said, the members of New York's The Silent League (Bill Whitten - Grand Mal, Sam Fogarino- Interpol, Sean 'Grasshopper' Mackowiack and Justin Russo- both Mercury Rev) inhabit terrain some people have labeled 'Orchestral Pop' (you know, the same people who spend their free time labeling their belongings with a label-maker)

For better or worse, this pigeonhole fits on the track, 'Breathe'. From the retro keyboard washes to the languid melody carried by Justin Russo's summery voice , slight as smoky air, but with the heft of melancholia dripping blue all over the Wayne Coyne-ish (The Flaming Lips) evocation. There's a spacey feel to all this, I can imagine a video with the band members floating slowly through space- there is also space in the music and production, weightless and airy- as befits a song titled 'Breathe'.

Alan Williamson

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