Perfect timing... Just as I'd finally worn out my copy of Silvery's first album, their second offering drops through the letterbox. And if you liked their debut 'Thunderer and Excelsior', then you're going to love the follow up 'Railway Architecture'. Another 14 insanely addictive tracks of their trademark brand of indie (sm)art Rock.
Opener 'A Deconstruction of Roles' sets the pace perfectly, and we are off on another madcap roller coaster ride, courtesy of James Orman and his vaudevillian vision. Silvery's world is a bit like being inside one of those more 'substance induced' surreal episodes of the Avengers in the late 60's... one minute you're in John Steed's apartment knocking back the Bolly, and the next you've fallen through a secret door, down a 'wall of mirrors' corridor, and landed in a garish Victorian funfair where Silvery provide the quirky soundtrack.
It's Music Hall for the 21st Century via a glammed up Bowie, a psyched up XTC\Dukes of Stratosphear, a Modern Life'd up Blur, and a sparked up Sparks.... Yes, it's all that, and yet it's so much more too. Silvery walk a clever line, it's arty avant-gardism, yet always remains completely accessible. They never take that fatal extra step into overblown self indulgence, and there's the trick. The end result is intelligent, witty, 3 minute (and less!) perfect pop songs that are instantly attached to your brain. Just check out gems like 'Identity', 'Two Halves of the Same Boy' 'The Naked and the Dead', 'Sparks and Fire' and 'Ropes and Fire'. This album also finally gives a home to their originally 'download only' cover of 'You Give a Little Love' (from Bugsy Malone), which is pure genius.
So climb aboard the Silvery Flyer for a First Class express trip to Railway Architecture... this ain't no sleeper!
Buy 'Railway Architecture' at Amazon
Link to the Silvery Website
Link to Silvery at Blow Up Records
See Silvery live at Blow Up club (Denmark St, London) this Saturday, 21st Aug.
Here's Identity from the new album:
The Naked And The Dead:
You Give A Little Love:
Melody Maker, January 20, 1973
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