Silvery - Railway Architecture

by Nathan Fidler Rating:6 Release Date:2010-08-09

A quiet and slow moving respect has been forming for this band. They take influence very heavily from Britpop, mostly from the early 00s incarnation but also from the original 90s movement. The music the band creates, however, is definitely not slow moving or quiet.

Around half songs on the album last barely two minutes making the track listing of 14 songs quite misleading. Every song begins with some form of genius musicianship, whether it's a hooky piece of piano, a swinging drum roll or an effortlessly cool riff. But once the vocals kick in it's a case of 'love it or hate it' because there is a restless, twitching, itching manic choral feel, and despite gang vocals in parts there isn't much to really sing to. 'An Account of the Raising of a Spirit' is the shortest song but has the most straightforward melody and tells a very silly, but very cleverly crafted story. There is a very fairground playfulness to the album (no more apparent than on 'The Murder Holes Are About You'), which is twisted around their love of the English Railway resulting in something wholly original.

Such is the case for most of the album, but what more do you expect from a band who began attracting attention to themselves by having bubble machines at gigs and playing in Victorian costumes. Those who miss the jangle art pop so prevalent at the beginning of this century will no doubt fall in love with this band. But for the majority of people, being eccentric and British just isn't enough to warrant anymore than an amused glance across the Railway Architecture.

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