By The Silent Type
The Silent Type put the fun back in funereal on this hand-numbered limited edition 10". Adjectives like drawn-out and gloomy are seldom associated with a recommendation but 'Kneel' envelops you from the first of its many tortured lines: "I'm no longer fit to kneel at your altar". I can't decide whether I empathise with lead vocalist Nathan Altice's misfortune, which is echoed and reinforced by Amber Blankenship's harmony, or if I'm just desensitised to the point of happily staring at car-wrecks.
Whilst the band duly credit Bright Eyes and Sunny Day Real Estate as influences, there is also a glaring similarity to the Arcade Fire (which has led me to develop the exquisitely eloquent tag Funeraleal - a beauty isn't she?). On this showing The Silent Type could easily slot in to the Arts & Crafts roster if they were located in Montreal rather than Richmond, Virginia.
Having arrived at the natural conclusion that "cello sounds rad on *every* song", b-side 'Stones, Knives and Curses' is similarly a strings and guitars lament. Altice's lyrics are as sharp as an incision: "Cast your stones, make 'em count, while I'm still annoyed/ Cos when it comes to my turn, all I need is one."
'Kneel' is taken from the 2005 debut album 'Of Writing/ Of Violence' (Limekiln Records) currently only available on import. With the pressing of this 10" limited to 200 copies, move fast to avoid disappointment and ensure melancholia. Package also includes link to MP3 downloads for non-vinyl bods.