Cutting straight to the chase: Silent Running by 65daysofstatic is a fantastic record, and simply essential listening for anybody with an interest in soundtracks and ambient music. Not to mention 65 fans of course.
Where 65′s last studio album We Were Exploding Anyway can be seen (and has been) as something of a departure for the band, Silent Running generally shares more common ground with earlier releases. This being said, it’s still a bold foray into new territory; it’s unmistakably 65, but built upon new foundations. The quiet moments are more subtle, the distorted guitars typically more crisp, more controlled than on previous works (barring the need for sheer chaos when the track demands it, of course), and is generally an exercise in new sounds and textures.
As “Overture” fades into being, the magnificent work by ex-Pop Will Eat Itself frontman-turned-composer Clint Mansell for the film Moon instantly springs to mind. Further in, the piano-led “Burial Scene” recalls the sheer beauty of earlier 65 tracks such as “Don’t Go Down To Sorrow”, assuring longtime fans how right they were to recognise the band’s potential in the soundtrack field. This is immediately followed by the fractured electronic barrage of “Broken Ship Ruse” in a tonal shift as jarring as it is satisfying. And the functionally entitled “Finale” incorporates layered guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Devin Townsend record.
Daniel T. Nicolas
2. Space Theme
3. The Announcement
4. Safe Distancing
5. The Scattered Disk
6. Burial Scene
7. Broken Ship Ruse
9. Space Montage
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