12 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

A natural reaction to the first few minutes of Silent Movie — a breezy oceanside scene that leaves a lingering saltwater aftertaste — would be something along the lines of, "Man oh man, is this cheesy. Seriously; there are seagulls on this song!" Ah, but that would be missing the point. After all, campiness is one of the driving forces behind this album, a beat conductor duet conceived as "sophisticated exotica for adults" by Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave, REKID) and Joel Martin (a crate digger on par with Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow). Not that the songs aren't serious in terms of their sample selection and sheer creativity. Lacking any one clear direction, things easily move from psychedelic soul ("Free Rider") to dark & stormy downtempo ("Gold Rush") to cop show funk ("Circus of Horror"). And that's just three of the 12 distinct tracks on here, so you can only imagine what's left to explore on this feature presentation.

EDITORS’ NOTES

A natural reaction to the first few minutes of Silent Movie — a breezy oceanside scene that leaves a lingering saltwater aftertaste — would be something along the lines of, "Man oh man, is this cheesy. Seriously; there are seagulls on this song!" Ah, but that would be missing the point. After all, campiness is one of the driving forces behind this album, a beat conductor duet conceived as "sophisticated exotica for adults" by Matt Edwards (a.k.a. Radio Slave, REKID) and Joel Martin (a crate digger on par with Cut Chemist and DJ Shadow). Not that the songs aren't serious in terms of their sample selection and sheer creativity. Lacking any one clear direction, things easily move from psychedelic soul ("Free Rider") to dark & stormy downtempo ("Gold Rush") to cop show funk ("Circus of Horror"). And that's just three of the 12 distinct tracks on here, so you can only imagine what's left to explore on this feature presentation.

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