6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Probablly the best 24 minutes of music released this year,
This review is from: Silent Hour / Golden Mile (Audio CD)
I'm yet to listen to any music by the Department Of Eagles but i have heard Grizzly Bear and i've been meaning to revisit their work for some time now, Daniel Rossen's Silent Hour/Golden Mile is as good a reason as any to speed up my reacquiantance with the Brooklyn quartet and i'll be sure to check out D of E now too. This EP has a lush resonant quality, that really bowled me over upon first listen, Rossen's emotive voice and distinctive guitar playing sound gorgeous when paired with cavernous drum hits and scintillating strings. All this is on display after the opening strums of Up On High which precedes to ebb and flow with beauty and grace, the strings reminscent of Nick Drake's Bryter Layter. Silent Song and Return to Form are similarly epic yet delightfully restrained featuring pastoral guitar and a brushed cymbals. The plaintive piano chords in Saint Nothing evoke the solemn menace of a young Trent Reznor, but sound forlorn and wise with the Rossen's soulful croon over them. The EP ends with the shuffling drums and Faheyesque Guitar of Golden Mile with Rossen singing "For a silent hour, for a golden mile, there is bliss in this mess, there is madness all around" I can't describe this wonderful opus any better than that, except to add here's hoping we get an hour's worth of beauty next time round.