Silver Tongues, "Black Kite"
What started as a pet project in solitude blossomed into a remarkable fusion of enduring songs with effortless musicianship. Silver Tongues explores life’s beautiful and harsh moments with an unblinking eye, all the while infusing a feeling that there will be a fortunate resolution.
No thought or idea is out of bounds with this band, which is obvious in the wide array of styles on its debut, Black Kite, in stores on digital, LP and CD. The first pressing of the LP will be limited to 250 copies on clear wax.
The music of Black Kite is not merely an album of songs. Taken together as a whole (this is an album to played straight through indeed) it’s like one elegantly elongated song. For all its individual tracks they are effectively a sum that’s an amalgam of church hymnals, interludes, tribal songs, intelligent pop and experimental caustic indie rock that feels like an assorted day’s worth of emotions. Black Kite isn’t music that you just listen to; its sonic textures take it much further because it’s music that is felt, that you embrace as a listener and owns the qualities to embrace back. It is the stuff that needs to be played loud, delivering its epic feel on a grounded level. Silver Tongues has made music here that gives aural tangibility to human emotions depending on who the listener is. While Black Kite is atypical, it pleasantly sounds like a soundtrack score meshed with singer-songwriter material and confessional all at once. This is music for large places … May it find such places in the world. Black Kite is incredible, … One of the best this year. —Brian Tucker, Deckfight
While Black Kite’s songs draw influence from well-worn, easily identified traditions — country, blues, folk and 1960s rock — they are just warped and strange enough to be interesting. —Jennifer Kelly, Dusted
Silver Tongues … have kept all doors open to themselves by making a record where each song stands easily on its own. —Ffion Davies, Altsounds