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Album Review

During the four years between CFCF's full-length albums, Michael Silver explored several different sounds via a series of EPs. Some of these short-form releases, such as Exercises and Music for Objects, veered closer to classical and ambient music than the fizzy house and electro leanings of CFCF's debut album Continent. While Outside, which revolves around Silver's impressions of travel, motion, stability, and exploration, is just as conceptual as those EPs, musically it's another shift. Often, the album feels like the flipside of the still-hip '80s sounds he played with on his debut: Outside overflows with breathy synth pads, new age-y pan flutes, and approximations of exotic instruments that often read as cheesy to listeners decades later. Coupled with his soothing vocals, these songs are reminiscent of hypnagogic pop, though as a whole the album is more straightforward than most work by the practitioners of that dreamily retro style. Silver's reproductions of this glassy '80s sound are extremely faithful — "Strange Form of Life" could have soundtracked an episode of Miami Vice. The way "Beyond Light"'s smoothly pulsating beat and melody gradually build in speed like a train pulling away from the station makes it a highlight, while "The Crossing" and "Jump Out of the Train" bring some passion to the proceedings.

Customer Reviews

If You Want To Chill Out, Look No Further.

Outside is a very relaxing album to listen too. The whole album is light, airy, and subtle. It seems similar to the M83 album Digital Shades whereas they both primarily consist of some serious synth work. It has a sort of jungle feel with the sounds used in each track. In short, if you're into relaxing music, I would definitely give this album a chance.


Formed: 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

CFCF is the moniker of Mike Silver, an indie electronic producer from Montreal, Canada, who established himself as an inventive remixer before making his commercial production debut in 2008. A music-maker since age 12, Silver first made a name for himself as CFCF with a series of unofficial remixes in 2007 that included Crystal Castles' "Air War," Justice's "Phantom," and Cassie's "Me & U." These bootleg remixes circulated exclusively online, yet their popularity led to a series of commercially...
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