One of the joys of last year was the ambient country-flecked album, You Become The Mountain from Jeffrey Silverstein and he’s returned just a few months later with an EP that continues to carve out a calm respite from the world. Atop a loping click of drums, Silverstein lays out a measured piece, sanded with his purred vocal and dipped in the sunset glow of Barry Walker’s pedal steel. Walker’s slides are matched by Silverstein’s patient amble on the strings as the song wears away the rough patches of the soul. The song was inspired by the concept of “blue mind” — the meditative state of consciousness brought on by proximity to water. Silverstein sought to replicate the serenity that engulfs the mind in this state with the song’s sanguine lilt. Like Silverstein’s previous album, “River Running By” injects a cosmic sense of ambient float to country and folk, a song silently slipping into the upper atmosphere with each passing moment. The EP, Torii Gates is out April 16th, again at Silverstein’s previous home Arrowhawk Records.
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