Album Review

Silber On Silber [coll] – [Silber Records]

Max Level   5/15/2007   A Library, CD

Songs by Silber artists as interpreted by other artists, some of whom have Silber releases of their own and some who don’t. It’s a generally low-key, laid-back collection, tending toward the melancholic sound -sometimes fragile, sometimes more intense- that has always been this label’s specialty. The two discs take us through many moods, from gorgeously forlorn to fuzzy and rough around the edges to texturally thick and noisy, even throwing in a few subtle electrobeats. There are a ton of others, too. CD1/Track 9 is a messy blast-rocker in the style of someone like Dinosaur Jr, and it’s different from everything else here. Remora (head Silber-man Brian John Mitchell’s project) is heavily represented, with ten covers of Remora songs including one by Mitchell himself under his Vlor moniker. You may know contributors such as Vlor, Marc Gartman, Jessica Bailiff, Plumerai, Rivulets, and Miss Massive Snowflake, but do yourself a favor and check out the artists you may not know, as there is one pleasant surprise after another on this release. If you know and love this label like I do, you’ll probably know what I mean when I say this release is Very Silber and very good.

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