Melding musical elements from drum ‘n’ bass, rave, dubstep and hip-hop, Silent City is a visceral and highly emotive forthcoming album, an intricately crafted and exhilarating debut from newcomer Black Square featuring guest vocalists including MC Conrad, Eliza Shaddad, Pendulum MC Ben Verse and Nile Rogers collaborator Joe Killington.
Black Square is a new project from an established producer. Eschewing boundaries of genre, Silent City takes musical cues from a huge variety of influences, and moves through an assortment of tones and tempos over the course of 14 tracks.
The key strength of the album lies in the masterful blending of the harsh and the soft, the strong and the delicate, layering real, organic instruments like piano or strings over dark synthetic beats and tones, whist consistently maintaining a warm, lush aesthetic.
Even though the album is undoubtedly an electronic one, Black Square deliberately incorporated a more conventional song writing structure in many of the tracks. Many of the groups and artists from whom he draws inspiration – Portishead, Amon Tobin and Kruder & Dorfmeister amongst many others – could be considered songwriters who happen to operate in an electronic world rather than being a dance act.
Bands such as Radiohead are also a big influence on Silent City. One aspect that you hear in their music is that each song on an album has it's own specific voice or sound: no song is repeat of a previous idea and explores different BPMs and styles. The same can absolutely be said of Silent City.
4/5* review from the Independent On Sunday
"Outstandingly plotted and layered" - "a sonic expedition of urban anomie which runs from darkly sensual Trip-Hop to Industrial instrumentals, fire and brimestone D'n'B and the final cathartic coda, Dream Resolution."