Review: Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour/Golden Mile

Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen has a new EP, Silent Hour/ Golden Mile and it’s a tricky one for me; perhaps because I can’t quite get my head around it but I know that it demonstrates something of a profound nature; I can see examples of hard work, talent and diversity so I want to do it justice, yet its complicated and sombre nature means I’m not quite sure how to.

Recorded almost entirely by himself, Silent Hour/ Golden Mile is a somewhat wistful and unsettled piece of work.  One can almost imagine playing it whilst driving in a Mustang with the top down, passing dusty gas stations and old school motels.  However, at the same time it is more intense than that, it has things it wants to say and significant statements about the world and yourself within it, which songs such as Golden Mile reflect.

There is an indeterminate element to Rossen’s tracks, perhaps even a sadness which seeps into the music and consequently the listener. St Nothing reflects its title’s denotations – eerie and wandering, contrasted to Silent Song with a marching rhythm and tuneful “oo’s”.  Return to Form is an interesting track with the listener not really knowing where they stand – half way between confusion and familiarity, whilst Up On High show’s off Rossen’s multi – instrumental talent and the diversity of sound common throughout the EP.

Although it is not an easy listen or one you may put on when you want to celebrate being alive, it certainly makes its mark and stays true to Rossen’s feelings and style.  There is no element of pretence just honesty and sincerity which, in its own way is just as, if not more, valuable.

Ellie Witt