The Silver Seas: Chateau Revenge!

Third album of seamless power pop.

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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

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.