Submarine Silence – Did Swans Ever See God?

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Review Erik Neuteboom

 

Back in 2001 I reviewed this band its eponymous debut album, I wrote: “This is not music that delivers tension, complexity or originality but it sounds as a wonderful tribute to the early Genesis!”. Well, 20 years later I still notice obvious 70-77 Genesis hints, but the compositions sound more mature and captivating. In fact Submarine Silence (founded by keyboardist Cristiano Roversi, known from Moongarden) has turned into an interesting symphonic rock band, I am very pleased with the sound on this fourth effort in 20 years.

The six compositions (between 3 and 11 minutes) sound melodic, harmonic and simply structured, the emphasis is on colouring the music with keyboards and guitars. The vocals in English sound decent, but at some moments the singer lacks a bit expression and power. Most of the tracks alternate between dreamy parts, mid-tempo beats and bombastic eruptions, embellished with tasteful keyboard play and moving guitar work. The Banks-like organ runs and the twanging acoustic guitars evoke early Genesis, while the interplay between the electric guitar and Mellotron choirs strongly reminds me of IQ, often goose bumps, I love it!