Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP (2012) / Rating: 5/5
Normally I don’t usually review EPs, but I have a bit of a soft spot for Daniel Rossen and his bandmates in Grizzly Bear. “Silent Hour/Golden Mile” is his first solo outing, although Rossen has also released work with his other band, Department of Eagles. This collection of five songs is everything we’ve come to expect from Rossen, and quite more. The first song that struck me from the EP was “Silent Song”, with its nostalgic guitar sounds and great rhythm. For whatever reason instrumentally, Silent Song reminds me of John Lennon’s “Mind Games” just with a faster tempo. That may or may not be a good comparison, but Rossen seems to have become more and more confident in his songcraft with each outing. His voice has also become so much more assured, stronger, and confident from the days of his first Department of Eagles album. Another song from the EP that stood out is “Saint Nothing”. Pitchfork recently interviewed Rossen, and recorded a performance of him playing Saint Nothing. I highly recommend checking that out, as I believe it captures the essence of that song quite well. Whether or not people look at Silent Hour/Golden Mile as a great EP or just a bunch of Grizzly Bear reject songs that couldn’t make the cut, Rossen has proven time and time again that he’s a legit creative force. Personally, I think Silent Hour/Golden Mile is great because it feels like a throwback to another era, but still sounds fresh. Rossen’s music has always been able to strike at some emotional core within me, that’s why as I mentioned earlier I have a such a soft spot for his music. Obviously, I’m really excited, as I think a lot of people should be to see where Rossen goes with his work in the future whether with it’s with Grizzly Bear or solo.
Buy/Listen - Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile
//post by scott