15 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Silent League mastermind Justin Russo gives his ambitions free reign on this sprawling set. Over the course of 90-plus minutes, he leads his orchestral combo through a series of interrelated pieces blending British progressive rock, classic film score and techno-pop elements. The accompanying lyrics have an almost surreal sense of detail, exposing glimpses of decaying landscapes (“There Is a Caretaker In the Woods,” ”Resignation Studies”) and wounded romantics (“I Go,” “Chapter Meeting”). Central to this song-cycle is “Here’s a Star,” a melodically gorgeous meditation on fame offered in four radically different versions. Thick horns, swooning steel guitars, twinkling synthesizers and ghostly choirs give the arrangements a sumptuous, slightly frothy feel. At the heart of …Caretaker is a wistful sort of alienation, lent added poignancy by Russo’s boyish, bruise-tender singing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Silent League mastermind Justin Russo gives his ambitions free reign on this sprawling set. Over the course of 90-plus minutes, he leads his orchestral combo through a series of interrelated pieces blending British progressive rock, classic film score and techno-pop elements. The accompanying lyrics have an almost surreal sense of detail, exposing glimpses of decaying landscapes (“There Is a Caretaker In the Woods,” ”Resignation Studies”) and wounded romantics (“I Go,” “Chapter Meeting”). Central to this song-cycle is “Here’s a Star,” a melodically gorgeous meditation on fame offered in four radically different versions. Thick horns, swooning steel guitars, twinkling synthesizers and ghostly choirs give the arrangements a sumptuous, slightly frothy feel. At the heart of …Caretaker is a wistful sort of alienation, lent added poignancy by Russo’s boyish, bruise-tender singing.

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About The Silent League

In the late '90s, New York native Justin Russo imagined forming a pop group fronted with an orchestra. He played keyboards and added backing vocals to his brother Jason Russo's band, Hopewell. During that time, Russo was also touring as a keyboardist for Mercury Rev, supporting their critically acclaimed Deserter's Songs and All Is Dream albums. The time was right in 2002 when Russo founded the Silent League. Hailing from Brooklyn, the experimental chamber pop ensemble consists of Russo (vocals/piano/guitar), Rich Meyer (bass/vocals), Shannon Fields (guitar/vocals), Phil Williams (drums), Megan Loomis (viola), and Michael Adzich (keyboards). Mercury Rev's Sean "Grasshopper" Mackowiack, Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino, and Bill Whitten of Grand Mal joined the Silent League in the studio for the recording of their File-13 debut. The majestic storm that is The Orchestra, Sadly, Has Refused was released in spring 2004. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

ORIGIN
Brooklyn, NY
FORMED
2002

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