Despite dozens of appearances with Silber’s acts on compilation albums and live shows, this is officially the very first album released on Silber by Brian McKenzie’s experimental post rock outfit, filtering ten years worth of output into thirteen choice cuts of instrumental madness.
With two minuscule tracks as openers it is ‘Proti Village- Meteora-Odeon of Herodes Atticus’ that really begins the album proper, mixing barking dogs, bells and guitar instrumentation to create a unique musical experiment that is both amusing and off kilter in equal measure.
‘Onward! (Too)’ is more a straightforward instrumental post rock affair, with powerful and emotive crescendos that any fan of the genre will recognise and appreciate despite its somewhat cookie cutter approach.
‘Six Ligertilly’s for Elena’ & ‘Christmas with Reilly’ change proceedings yet again, this time channelling dream pop/shoe gaze sounds that create a tranquil and defined piece and help highlight McKenzie’s chameleon-like abilities through his different genres and styles on show here in what essentially acts as a Silber retrospective. ‘Brian’s Theme’ follows in good stead with the theme of tranquillity and good will from previous tracks though from a more organic, acoustic standpoint.
Leaving the fuzzy warm feelings as quickly as they arrived, ‘February 23rd’ provides warping guitar sounds that will loop around the listener in a disquieting fashion, while ‘Fall of the World Trade Centre’ in name alone comes through as a sombre affair and lastly, ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ is just pure Lycnhain gold in its distorted synth laden rendition of the crimbo jingle.
If you’re new to Electric Bird Noise, this is as great a place to start as any while for those already familiar with McKenzie’s outfit, ‘The Silber Sessions’ will free up valuable time that may have otherwise been spent on Indiana Jones style quests collating these odds and sods from various sources. For that also, this release deserves praise.