The Brazilian electro-rock quartet Remove Silence, from Brazil, will be releasing the LP Raw later this year.
A couple of years since last featured and the intervening period of time discovers the quartet with a slightly different feel to their sound. The prog-rock experimentalism has been replaced with a more structured focus in which, in Middle Of Nowhere (from the forthcoming album) at least, tinctures of gothic-rock are blended with electro-indie and a splash of metal to generate a song with power and passion, while also accessibly lighter of touch.
Remove Silence is a talented group of musicians who are able to replicate the quality both in ‘rehearsal’ session as they are in ‘recording’ and I can only assume they are of the ilk recording studios dream of when they turn up with a new LP to lay-down.
The penultimate track of the half-dozen on the LP Irreversible in live rehearsal mode – Miracle.
Frequencies, the third of the six tracks on the Irreversible LP has the feeling of cinematographic science-fiction space-rock score as Remove Silence gradually build the layers of slowly moving elements. Giving the sense of a track played out in slow-motion.
Stepping somewhere into the territory of ELO, Remove Silence is able to offer majesty along with scuffed robes. As regular readers know, I have scant regard for the egocentric irrelevance of the dinosaur skeletal fossils of ’70s rock who forgot their beginnings in the tapestry of their golden fleeces. Fortunately these guys skip back to the beginnings and whilst bloated, the bloat is not unpalatable, rather the added value.
The music wafts around the room like a gentle breeze and as it circles it gains intensity, becoming a raging tornado of orchestral dimensions as Remove Silence combine heavy metal and stadium keyboards into a an impressive delivery of compositions which echo of the past, whilst firmly rooted in the here and now.
This will never sit on my natural musical trajectory, however there is plenty of bite and inventiveness to hold attention. Of particular enjoyment is when they let go from the sta-pressed suits and let the edges run and in those moments the quartet offer songs which proffer as much to the audience as they expect of them and the listener feels a sense of equilibrium.
I hope they don’t finally tilt into the abyss of the deluded as where they now sit is not just a cloying introspection, having an out stretched hand to the rapidly expanding fan-base. I fear however an A&R from a major label will spot their pension and in a year or so – it will be sad if you missed to opportunity to catch them now, rather than then…