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The Silent Years

Let Go EP


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Detroit musician Josh Epstein is no stranger to explosive melodies. After all, his main creative outlet, The Silent Years, released an indie-pop gem only last year. As with most craftsman-like albums, The Globe‘s jovial ethos was contagious but largely flitted under the noses of the rock intelligentsia. In turn, Let Go reads like a classic stopgap EP but actually is a full-fledged bound in aesthetics. Once you dig into a few of its six paeans to youth, you quickly realize how well The Silent Years balance their characteristic guitar freak-outs and fey airs. Naturally, the de facto example is single “Madame Shocking.” A track that starts with a cavernous recording of a string quartet in a dilapidated, health department building quickly locks into a whirring, chiming tour de force. When Epstein coos, “These tender temper tantrums always seem to help me,” you can catch a whiff of his unit’s motus operandi. Elsewhere, The Silent Years toe the line between Detroit’s rock riffage (“Claw Marks”) and the radio-friendly indie-pop of Andrew Bird (“Forest Fire”) or Rogue Wave (“TV>BJ”). The amusement the group had while recording is conspicuous (a missing factor for many indies). The image of a tired perfectionist at the mixing board is the ultimate image you come away with here. Let Go‘s conflation of panache and steely resolve keeps it from becoming a mere party favor. (www.thesilentyears.com)

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