Boomkat Product Review:
The Silence have descended upon us once again. In the two years plus since their previous album, ‘Nine Suns, One Morning’, their leader Masaki Batoh recorded and released his solo album, ‘Nowhere’ but from the first chimes of hazy guitar arpeggios that open ‘Metaphysical Feedback’, we are transported right back to the unique rock and roll space that The Silence conjure whenever they plug in and come together.
"Their group craft continues to expand but in perfect line with their previous albums. Also, as with their previous three albums, The Silence use the sound of analogue recording as an essential complement to their approach, using the famous Studer 24- track machine at GOK Sound in Tokyo, where so many legendary sessions have gone down.
Drawing from all phases of golden age psychedelic progressive folkrock, The Silence make new music in the new century from an almost blinding collection of inspirations. Their deep songs have all manner of lyricism, unexpected chords and tempos and instrumental breaks from acid guitars, rasping saxophone, drums and bass. The Silence became a quartet in the process of making ‘Metaphysical Feedback’, as Hammond organ player (and one of the oldest Ghosts) Kazuo Ogino left the band, though he appears as a guest player. In his absence, space was opened in the band. They had focused on bringing written songs into the studio fully mastered, no improvisation and they were able to get everything down quickly with fluid cohesion and interaction. Plus, this time, the members of the group presented individual compositions, which have the effect of pushing the boundaries of The Silence universe even farther out. New bass player Taiga Yamazaki wrote ‘Yokushurui’ and took the lead vocal on it, drummer Futoshi Okano presented his tune ‘Lightning Struck Baby Born’ and baritone saxophone player Ryuichi Yoshida wrote ‘The Crystal World’ and ‘Tautology’. Meanwhile, in addition to his three compositions, Batoh chose Pearls Before Swine’s ‘Surrealist Waltz’ to be covered by The Silence. Once the arrangement was made, Batoh asked his dear friend Tom Rapp to write additional lyrics to fill out the sound. Tom was happy to do so, composing in his hospital bed, making perhaps his final work before he passed away. In this fashion, The Silence have become a true community of the world: minds and souls, some of whom are still here with us and some of whom are elsewhere."