Wed Dec 9 2009
Time Out Ratings :<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5
Cascading keyboard runs, languid guitar strums, deliberate tempos and drifting atmospherics carry Continent, the debut album from Montreal's Michael Silver, miles above the recent spate of hazy downtempo material. With an ear for slightly melancholic, nostalgia-inducing melody and a knack for arrangement—his music, despite its sometimes spare instrumentation, is smooth and soothing—Silver's crafted a swirling ode to end-of-summer sunsets, misty mornings and...whatever you like, really, with his evocative tunes capable of summoning any range of emotions. It's all so lovely that the songs tend to coalesce into one long dream sequence; his piano-led, almost-house version of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love" is one of the few that really stands out. But if all dreams offered this much solace, the world would be a better place.
Continent (Paper Bag Records)