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.

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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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Sir Julesalot ,

Mmm, disgusting

The method is by now well set: rifle through racks of dusty, dog eared LPs, pick out some specially schmaltzy, cheese laden tracks, up the beat, tweak if at all, keep tongue firmly planted in cheek. The key is in the picking. The stuff has got to bear the weight of some pretty thick slabbed irony, like watching old Bond movies with a knowing wink at the blatant sexism, the overwrought lines, the ridiculous plot, and loving it. So under the floppy fat, there's got to be some rock hard abs. And here I must say Quiet Village are 100% successful. Well, the path was well lighted: on first take this reminded me of not less than Godin & Dunckel's magnum opus Moon Safari. It's that good. Mylo too shows up: some tracks have the feel of his fantabulous Valley of the Dolls. And of course DJ Shadow, the Grand Originator of the style, specially in his work with Dan the automator on the seminal Bombay the Hard Way, except that instead of super tacky Bombay talkie soundtracks, Silent Movie mines soft core euro flicks and blaxploitation soul. All well worth dusting off by the sound of it. Blue curacao anyone? and where's my Emmanuelle poster?

Whennif ,

Burt Bacharach meets Giorgio Moroder

This, like many of the songs in itunes is not classified correctly. This is not electronic. However, I am not sure what category to put it in. The music is different in a good way. Some would say it is Disco. I think it is a cross between Burt Bacharach meets Giorgio Mordoer. Perhaps those are lofty comparisons but it is similar to that type of music. This music is clever, with some outstanding tracks. This is a cd/album that you might have purchased 25 years ago. With that being said this is a very good CD and hope to hear more from them in the future.

sumtinsumptin ,

Very nice

Quite enjoyable, tranquil ambient melodies and some light funk.

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