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Silent Hour / Golden Mile

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Having written some of the most critically-acclaimed music of the last several years as part of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen is sharing a brand new collection of wholly personal songs on his debut solo release Silent Hour/Golden Mile. It is an output from a musician you know, yet reveals the core you might not know he had.

Rossen recorded almost all of Silent Hour / Golden Mile himself in rehearsal rooms and small spaces across New York City. He did, however, enlist the help of Scott Hirsch's lap steel and horn arrangements from Ian Davis and Kris Nolte; the closing track's propulsive drums come courtesy of Dr. Dog's Eric Slick.

Upon first sitting down to write these songs, Rossen had thought they might simply be demos for a new Grizzly Bear album or themes he'd soon forget. But late in 2011, these tunes started to feel for Rossen like a unified declaration - about unease with the world around you, about indeterminacy in your own life, and the ability somehow to navigate both.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 20, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B006ZBMOES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,869 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Yet another quality music release from Daniel Rossen. This 23 minute EP does not depart radically from the sounds and styles that Rossen creates with his other acts, Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles. This is not an exploratory electronic album or a free-form jazz odyssey. Songs like Up on High and Return to Form slowly build up from fingerpicking before dramatically opening up with layers of instrumentation and percussion. Silent Song and Golden Mile are more upbeat but still retain Rossen's moody grandeur. Overall, the EP sounds like a continuation of Department of Eagles' Archive, with a bit more polish and with Rossen's electric guitar a bit more in the forefront. His distinctive vocals and melodies are as beautiful and subtle as ever. If you like this, you should also check out his recent contribution to a tribute album, Waterfalls.
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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.
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This is what the new Grizzly Bear album should've been. raw; emotional; ambitious. This is not only my favorite release this year, ep or otherwise, but also some of my favorite guitar music ever. Every song is an experience, a journey, better than the last. If you're a fan of Grizzly Bear, Department of Eagles, or rock in general, you owe it to yourself to check this gem out.
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Daniel Rossen steps away from both Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles for this solo EP, SILENT HOUR/GOLDEN MILE, and it's just Rossen, a guitar, and some production in the studio. Though not as dreamy as his other projects, he expresses himself just fine on the carefully orchestrated "Up on High," bringing in a slide guitar to aid the slow swing. "Silent Song" has more a slight country twist, while "Return to Form" brings forth a twinkle in the guitar lines, which in turn makes it the most Grizzly Bear-like. But the more piano-driven "Saint Nothing" offers a more spare simplicity to his songwriting, and "Golden Mile" ends the EP with a more upbeat folk rock-tinged track. A nice effort.
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LOVE this record! Anyone who is a fan of Grizzly Bear and/or Department of Eagles will enjoy this one. I wish it was a bit longer but can't complain. The musical quality and ingenuity is incredible and shows that Daniel Rossen is one of the major influences in the sound and direction of both GB and DOE. Don't miss this one!
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So this is all you get for now, but it makes you want so much more. For any Grizzly Bear fan, this is a no brainer. But what's cool is Daniel's style is getting fairly recognizable and his consistency in creating great music hasn't slowed down in over 10 years. Not too many of these, better get one if you like to purchase a physical item like me.
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Daniel Rossen is simply amazing; this generation's George Harrison. This EP is short, but SWEET...makes me extremely excited for Grizzly Bear's new album, because with Daniel Rossen's hand in it, it's sure to be as inspiring and beautiful as this EP is.
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Daniel Rossen (Department of Eagles and Grizzly Bear) along with Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic) and DM Stith are the elite artists who make music of unbelievable beauty and detail. Everything sounds right on Silent Hour/Golden Mile. Hopefully a full-length album is in the works.

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