On the Horizon: Clearing, Duncan Silvey.

On the Horizon: Clearing, Duncan Silvey.

With Invada continually churning out some of the finer West Country releases of recent times and Howling Owl swooping in a close second in the ingenuity stakes, there are copious amounts of stuff to evoke much hootin’ and a-howlin’ emanating out of Bristol and the surrounding lands right around now. Added to the list of contemporary pioneers percolating out of these urbanised wetlands, although in no way analogous with either label aforesaid is Duncan Silvey. And although thereby an outlier of sorts, Silvey really is quite something: earlier recordings off the Soundcloud intimate a more doleful electro-pop learning (Between a Rock and a Hard Place recalls a less refined Purity Ring rung to a more deadpan, almost indie tune) though more recent pieces signal a more instrumental turn for the irrefutably better. And Chagall is arguably his magnum opus thus far: a resplendent swell of psalm-like vocals that swirl about melancholy chord plonkery redolent of The Cinematic Orchestra’s Ma Fleur, the track comes intertwined with strains of minimalist Erik Satie-sourced wizardry to spin a quite wondrous five minute revolution. Erased Tapes: tune in.


Duncan Silvey’s Soundcloud.

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