PREMIERE: Take a Ride on The Silent Boys’ ‘Tilt-A-Whirl’
There a multi-generational appeal to The Silent Boys’ new album, Tilt-A-Whirl, that the alt-rock veterans have accomplished with grace and tact. The record carries a youthful vibe; however, there is a sense that the vibrant good old days are being re-lived through a sepia-toned filter, put in place by age and perspective.
For your first taste of that modern-nostalgic feeling, sample the title track. “Tilt-A-Whirl” opens the album by combining shades of surf and alternative rock, glazed with a coat of psychedelic ambiance that is reminiscent of The Doors. This feeling is only amplified by frontman Wallace Dietz, whose moody baritone tells a story of fleeting, yet unforgettable love. Sentimentality rushes back in on “Blue Ocean,” which captures a wistful appreciation one might feel in the final moments of a magical summer.
There’s much more to Tilt-A-Whirl than love and longing. Certain moments on the album pose questions about society’s past and present, and leave us wondering where our collective consciousness is leading us. “Beauty in the 21st Century” is a jangly tune about the value modern society places on superficiality over substance, and the ease of becoming swallowed by the hunt for outer perfection. Listen closely, and you’ll hear an intricate, swinging groove on the track from bassist Michael Click, which combines with drummer John Morand’s determined performance in the pocket to hold the track together brilliantly.
Another highlight is the cosmic closing track, “Simplicity.” This spacey journey encourages us to strip away our possessions and societal pressures, and to instead assess our satisfaction with life as it presently stands by asking, “If heaven’s in the here and now, where do you find yourself?”
While you ponder that one, you can find yourself enveloped on this Tilt-A-Whirl ride. Premiere the album below!
Monsters in My Head
Lawrence of Arabia
Beauty in the 21st Century
Silence in the City
City of the Toppled Monuments