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Jeffrey Silverstein – “River Running By”

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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Jeffrey Silverstein

Played a bit of this on the last RSTB radio show, but as the excellent mass of great albums this year has outweighed my free time, I’m just now getting this one up on the site. Silverstein has created a meditative oasis of gently loping guitars and cool waters of pedal-steel. Inspired by the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest, long distance running, and the sunbaked brevity of lost icon Ted Lucas, the record has an innate laid-back quality to it that tends to pass by with a touch of highway hypnosis. Among the marbled greenery of Silverstein’s playing the listener is invited to look inward. Time passes inside tis bubble while the rest of the world slinks by in time-lapse. I’m not going to use the reviled term of 2020 here, this isn’t a balm of sorts, but instead a reset, a meshing with the earth and sky to achieve balance.

There’s a feeling of photosynthesis to the album, as if the vibrations between the light refracted off of You Become The Mountain can energize the listener. The slow pacing never lags, but lingers in just the right manner. Silverstein, along with Barry Walker Jr. (Mouth Painter, Roselit Bone) and Alex Chapman (Parson Redheads, Evan Thomas Way) help to slow down the frantic pace of the year, an asset to an album if there ever was one. While moored in folk, the record takes many of its cues from the amniotic float of Kosmiche while keeping a bit of Neu in the rearview. The latter crops up in the subliminal click of programmed drums that are ever obscured by the heat lines rolling off of the pavement. The elements come together nicely to form an album that suffused with the natural world – the fresh green smell of cut plants, the warmth of wooden surfaces in the sun, the gentle sound of cotton curtains in the breeze. While it seems simple, Silverstein makes the ordinary feel essential for just a few moments.



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