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Review: Supersmall, “Silent Moon”

No Comments 7 February 2016

Review: Supersmall, “Silent Moon”

“Schiller and Dempsey are one of those rare duos that captures two perfectly matched counterparts bringing out the best in each other. The strength of the songwriting and lyricism is almost a bonus; their individual performances are so charismatic and seamless that it’s easy to get lost and swept up in Silent Moon. It is hopeful, romantic, and timeless.”

Artist: Supersmall

Album: Silent Moon

Genre: Rock / Folk

RIYL: Neil Finn, Colin Hay, Nick Drake, Glen Hansard

Supersmall - Silent Moon

The last time we heard from Supersmall they had just release their debut album, 2013’s This Other World. This record set the bar fairly high for a follow-up, landing them as one of our favorite indie releases from that year. So I pressed play with a sense of purposeful anticipation and just an extra ounce of hope that they’d pick up where they left off and move the needle even further with Silent Moon. I wasn’t disappointed.

Irish singer-songwriter Colin Dempsey and Israeli percussionist Daniela Schiller have captured the same delightful voodoo that worked its magic so well with their previous release and exceeded expectations with Silent Moon. Where I heard jazzy and progressive rock influences in their previous work, they have fleshed those out and harnessed them with even more success. It’s damn hard to create material that pulls successfully from one genre and breathes new life into it; so their ability to intertwine classic folk, jazz and prog rock with fluidity and a fresh take is what will continue to set them apart from their contemporaries.

The instrumental interplay between Dempsey’s smooth vocals and prolific guitar work and Schiller’s accomplished and compelling percussion lines makes for an undeniably appealing album. While this signature sound pervades the record, it’s most uniquely evident on the fantastic “Free From Harm,” the irrepressible “Take A Day Off,” and the title track. In fact, it’s wonderful to hear a title track that is such a great representation of the entire album, making it an obvious choice for a first listen to this duo. Similarly, the catchy opener, “A Better Life,” reels in listeners note by note (and those horns!) and sets the tone for the rest to come. A bonus acoustic version of the title track closes the album with a strong and warm impression, one that shows off Dempsey’s vocal chops and the strength of the songwriting behind the voice.

When I had the opportunity to hear this new material, I jumped on it. Schiller and Dempsey are one of those rare duos that captures two perfectly matched counterparts bringing out the best in each other. The strength of the songwriting and lyricism is almost a bonus; their individual performances are so charismatic and seamless that it’s easy to get lost and swept up in Silent Moon. It is hopeful, romantic, and timeless. And it is a wonderfully sophisticated record that will endure the test of time.


Supersmall: http://supersmallmusic.com/

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