Boomkat Product Review:
Cold wave trio Silk Flowers made a heavy impression with their self titled debut album and the followup 'As Above So Below' is absolutely laden with gems. The Joy Divison references are all warranted again (you cant really get away from them with a voice like that can you?), but the noisy manipulations and off-key melodies give the group a signature sound that you'd never find on a JD studio album. The mortuary reverbs and broken drum machines of 'Windows Close' make a great entrance, while the off-kilter synths and guitar fuzz of 'Falling Palms are likely to induce a satisfying bruxist clench in those susceptible to such a thing. Following this, 'Windchimes' is comparable to their peers, Cold Cave's older material before the emaciated machine drums and emotionally wrenched chord changes of 'I Walk With You' cause an uncomfortable situation with the ghost of Ian Curtis. To seal the mood, 'Crescent Glow' puts a maudlin drone finish to the LP, completing a reaffirmingly overcast and angsty set for cold heads everywhere. Excellent.