Silversun Pickups reach new heights with Neck Of The Woods,
This review is from: Neck of the Woods (Audio CD)
So Silversun Pickups have dropped there new album "Neck of The Woods" and quite frankly its one of my favourite records right now
Since they formed in 2002 the Silversun Pickups have created a fairly unique sound not quite Smashing Pumpkins, not quite Radiohead but Neck Of The Woods feels like they took a pinch of Smashing Pumpkins, Radiohead and even a bit of Nine Inch Nails and mashed it together into a dreamscape album. The album is around an hour but the songs feel alot longer (in a good way), however in order to really appreciate this album you need to listen to it from start to finish i honestly can't really pick out just one song and play it on it's own.
The album starts off with "Skin Graph" which sees vocalist/guitarist Brian Aubert strum together some elegant chords backed by keyboardist Joe Lester it starts off slow then erupts into what can only be described as some weird sort of horn sound which reminds me of something that Trent Reznor would do from Nine Inch Nails (perhaps it's Brian de tuning or bending his strings on his guitar) once the song properly start's i couldn't stop listening to the whole album as it twists and turns into this beautiful dream like soundscape.
Lyrics and Singing:
Brian and Nikki Monninger (bassist/back up vocalist) have such a perfect vocal harmony, it sounds fantastic with them singing together (usually during the chorus of a song)making the vocals sound beautifully haunting and almost other world like.
Lyrics wise In "Skin Graph" Brian starts shouting/screaming:
" The skin's alive; it's leaving!
The skin's alive; it's moving!
The skin's alive; it's leaving!
The skin's alive; it moves me! "
With full force and it sounds fantastic, however i do wish more songs would have him shouting/screaming as it sounds brilliant, Brian said that "Neck Of The Woods" reminds him of a horror movie and he's quite right in the song "The Pit" he sings:
" I'm marching through the branches in a fit of wanderlust
To see you in a black hole reaching out for something just
Silhouettes of neighbors dancing in disgust
I'm sure you recognize my noise and you heard about the Pit
Been told to be afraid of everything that lives within
But it's much worse where you are
So will you go for it? "
It reminds me of some sort of 80/90s horror film, and fits perfectly with the soundscape that we've come to known from the Silversun Pickups.
Silversun Pickups have crafted a quality album and in my opinion Joe the keyboardist and Christopher Guanlao the drummer steal the show on this album, Joe's eerie keyboard synths mixed with Chris's animalistic style drumming blends wonderfully together, one of my complaints however would be that Brian's guitar does at times seem quite low in the mix compared to songs like "Panic Switch" and "There's No Secrets This Year" from 2009's Swoon so if you are a fan of the guitar heavy songs from previous releases you may only like the track "Mean Spirits" which sounds like a B-Side from Swoon.
Overall i would recommend "Neck Of The Woods" to anyone as it's a quality album with each song sounding alot different from one another, each song taking their own twists and turns and each one blending into the soundscape that is "Neck Of The Woods".