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The Silver Seas: Chateau Revenge!

Third album of seamless power pop.

lmost universally ignored thus far into their careers, Daniel Tashian and Jason Lehning make the kind of dark, well-crafted pop that people profess to love, yet no-one seems to buy. Just ask The Posies about it.

The Silver Seas have been compared favourably to Steely Dan, though that’s probably more for their occasional cynicism or innate weariness than anything else.

Songs like the gorgeous The Best Things In Life, the chiming Another Bad Night’s Sleep and the marching Someone Said Your Name – even though it deals with having to unexpectedly hear about an ex – thrum with life.

Elsewhere, it’s broken hearts and longing (Jane, Those Streets), but even their dismay is beautifully rendered; downcast faces captivatingly lit.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.