Album Review: SUN SILO – Trillium

Sun Silo - Trillium

In the footsteps of Paper Cuts, Wisconsin-based Sun Silo had some very big shoes to fill for their next album. The band’s new full-length effort, Trillium, is an album that is different from the first one, and yet another great work. There’s a really spaced out feeling for most of the album, but the actual music itself far overshadows any of the atmospheric stuff.

There is not a single weak track on here out of nine. One of the first things that hits you about this record, is the power of the drums. In Landon Deaton they possess one of the most creative players on the current scene, and his rumbling beats are very impressive.

After a somewhat eerie intro in the shape of the title track, which gives the album sort of a post-rock-ish tone, “Kit Knox” powers up all cylinders with powerful groovy rhythm section (Alyssia Wakefield is on bass), very catchy riff-work, courtesy of Andy Warren Jepson, and haunting voice (also of Jepson). Laden with often rhythmic changes and a chorus that seems to decay as soon as it begins, the contorting and yet lulling song is certainly one of the earliest highlights of the record. Of course, the track would not be complete without some atmospheric sounds at the end, which usher the listener into the fantastic “Within Reason.”

With a rocking rhythm that’s not too far from the Mars Volta, the spacey guitar in “Within Reason” is another highlight here, along with Jepson’s singing which shapes up to be a trademark of the record, and Sun Silo as well. The band goes on with some real and lush Prog Rock on “The Full Flower.”

“Rung” is yet another effort where the quartet goes for more experimental sound, employing quite a bit of heavier side of psychedelia. For the most part “Someday” is lush, but it gets an “all-hell-breaks-loose” moment towards the end. The closing piece “Diana” is yet another centrepiece of Trillium. Clocking at over 10 minutes, the track is a real hodgepodge of all kind of crazy things. It certainly comes across as a piece that in the best possible way depicts what this album is about.

In conclusion, this is what happens when a group of people decide to do whatever they damn well please. Sun Silo created something different for a change. I honestly believe this album has that much “classic” potential, and hopefully some good big people will notice it. It’s going to be a big burden for the band to come up with something “new” after this, but if judging by Trillium, Sun Silo have the knowledge and skills to come up with something far greater. Bring it on, boys and girls!

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