I don’t think I’ll ever know how a PR rep all the way over in Germany got my information or that any of this (seriously guys, the amount of submissions I get a day is overwhelming in the best way possible and is such an honor) is even real but why should I question it? Not only did she and I start talking about the abundance of tomatoes we both had growing in our gardens, but she also brought the band Silent Attic to my attention. I had listened to all of the singles she sent my way but was holding out for the full EP before doing my review so, here I am with the full release, anxious and so ready to see what this amazing band has in store for this release.
“Take My Time” really sets the mood of this five-song EP in the best way possible. It’s a dancey little number with an infectious beat and vocals full of emotion and power. Right off the bat, Silent Attic proves that they have a very polished sound without feeling overdone or overproduced and that’s what caught me about this band the first time I heard a single for them. The vocals seem to overpower the rest of the instrumentation which some would call unlevel but I call pure genius and a very distinct element of Silent Attic. This opening track is perfect and although I have a million other descriptive words I would love to use for this opening track, we still have four more songs to get through.
A gritty edge of this band comes to the forefront for “Lights Out” which was an instant favorite of mine. This track reminds me of bands like Hot Hot Heat and Koufax as far as the retro vibe goes but there’s a swagger to it that I feel like no bands in that indie genre can really pull off without having it feel and sound awkward. Nothing about this track is awkward and it’s actually a powerful anthemic track that I can’t wait to listen to while doing my daily cycling class tomorrow morning.
Whereas “Lights Out” came off as gritty, “Hide Away” comes off as a bit more mainstream and accessible. The track is still very Silent Attic (as the vocalist really can’t hide his style and you catch onto it really quick but I won’t spoil that for you) and strays from falling into the “generic world”. I love the versatility that this band is able to show on just the three songs thus far on this EP. It had me so excited as the album moved onto “Cut Loose”. “Cut Loose” seemed to split the difference between “Lights Out” and “Hide Away” perfectly. It had the swagger of “Lights Out” but also the mass appeal of “Hide Away” making it another instant favorite of mine. The constant ticking of the cymbals gives this track a driving force that can not be ignored and will absolutely get you going and out of any funk, you may find yourself in.
I didn’t want “All Of Your Lies” to start playing because I knew it meant the end of this EP but all good things must come to an end. Thankfully, this ending is pure beauty. Although I thought I had heard it all from Silent Attic, they threw a curveball with this final track. The beat finally slows a bit for this track while the band still shows their teeth through the amount of energy they are able to produce through a recorded song. It’s truly remarkable and this track was definitely a stellar ending to an amazing album.
I have to be honest, I’ve never even thought about Germany having a music scene. That sounds terrible, I know but it just wasn’t a thought in my mind… until now. If Silent Attic is any indication of the amount of talent and creativity in the scene there, well, count me in!
My Favorite Track(s): “Cut Loose”; “Lights Out”
For Fans Of: Old School Vibes With Swagger; Distinct Vocals; All-Around Good Music
Dance-ability: 7 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats slept upstairs
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 9 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 8.3 out of 10
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