Saturday, July 9, 2011

Silk Flowers - Silk Flowers

2009; 10 tracks

Groovy and dark, Silk Flowers is a New York-based trio featuring Ethan Swan, Aviram Cohen, and Peter Schuette. This is their first full-length album after releasing the EP As Above So Below, and they more recently released another full-length, Ltd. Form.

Silk Flowers' self-titled album is very dark - the deep, rich vocals are similar to those of Joy Division, and the underground atmosphere of the jungle-like grooves and beats contribute to a distinct spookiness. It took a few tries for me to appreciate it, admittedly. Still, it is very listenable. "Costume" is a favorite. Jazzy, colorful, unpredictable... Silk Flowers made me feel as if I were in a morgue or graveyard full of dancing zombies.

The dead have highways. Only the living are lost.


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