The Silver Age
( Abandoned Love Records
relatively isolated feeling you get from Jon Rooney's simple opening
guitar and voice sets a mood that gradually shifts as layer upon layer
of instrumentation finds its way in, and energy levels increase. Less
than four minutes later, the melancholy singer songwriter in a cafe
has become a confident eye in a theater full of swirling piles of guitar.
the eventful opener that is "Princess Vancouver" [available
on Morning Spy's site
], The Silver Age settles into a more recognizable form with
the strummed and jangle-y pop that makes up most of the rest of the
album. The early shift on "Foggy Filter" to Allison Goffman's
lead vocals accentuates the variety of colors Morning Spy
is capable of painting with, yet the tonality of things still keeps
it all in the very much Morning Spy camp.
album closes with what ends up being my favorite track - "The Slow
March to Salt-White Sleep". It's a languorous and eerie piece that
floats on sustained organ chords with minimal, but because of that,
effecting vocals and guitar. It's not going to be the hit single, but
it's a gem and illustrative again of their range.
Silver Age falls relatively neatly into the realm of dream pop,
with comparisons easily made to Luna (Rooney does sound a bit like Dean
Wareham), Yo La Tengo, and earlier bands of the 80's paisley underground.
But they have a slightly rawer sound than most of those that came before,
and they take it in bigger directions, occasionally bringing the level
up to massive swirling heights that are a little unexpected from such