Imagine M83 giving birth to the surrogate child of Radiohead and Sigur Ros. Wolverhampton’s electronic/indie four-piece Silhouettes’ music is dark and acerbic, yet hopeful and tender.
With their ranks swelled for live shows by a drummer and violinist, expect a cleansing wash of swirling delays, cavernous reverbs, fizzing synth, nostalgic beats and aching strings.
Silhouettes formed in 2009, honing their complex, emotional sound before releasing two EPs: Paint Me As You See Me (2010) and Himself.Unknown.Too Late (2012).
Influenced lyrically by Bukowski and Nick Cave and sonically by the likes of John Grant, Massive Attack and Bon Iver, Silhouettes twist and turn from haunting pin-drop falsetto sparseness to pumping Moroder-esque synth pop with a beat and swagger to match their fashionable Midlands neighbours in B-Town.
Signed to Integrity in late 2013, Silhouettes release “Gold Tag” on 18th November, the first single from forthcoming debut album “Ever Moving Happiness Machines”.
Nathan Till – Vocals, Guitars
Jay Cuthill – Samples, Keyboards, Production
Ben Blewitt – Keyboards
Xander Roberts- Bass, Vocals
Ben Dargue- Drums
Ann Perry – Violin
“The edge of vulnerability in his voice provides a beautiful sense of emotion to the songs.”
“Lightning” is one of those songs you just don’t hear that often…you can imagine it closing an arty film set in Florence or something. A very promising band trying and succeeding at something really quite hard to execute”
Alex Baker – Kerrang! Radio 105.2FM
“Silhouettes do both loud and hard, and soft and emotional extremely well. … This band has more to say than the majority of their contemporaries.”
“… the only EP I have had the pleasure of listening to in the past five or six months that has made me listen to each track over and over again.”
“The obvious comparison is Radiohead, but Wolverhampton’s brilliantly inventive Silhouettes have a lot more in their armoury, blending thumping electronica with mind bending rock-out pieces and falsetto vocals. Not to be missed!”
“There are moments of sweet sleepiness, and others of deliciously retro tones, and altogether their sound is one to keep an ear open for”
Low Light Music
“Comeback Kid… I love the different styles that clash together on the same song. The strong guitar riff through the whole thing is difficult to get out of your head.”
Andy Nash – Beacon Radio 97.2fm
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Gold Tag – Silhouettes - Official music video for the single