EP Review – Franky Silence & Ghost Orchestra “Fallen”
Franky Silence’s latest work is full of swearing, moaning, ranting and raving. The protagonists know that they’re lost, but they don’t care anymore – they just continue.
Sabrina Troxler and Adi Rohner, a young artist couple, are Franky Silence. They have dedicated themselves to traditional American song writing, thus “Fallen” is characterized by gloomy references to blues, Folk Noir and Vaudeville chanson. Street Date: 2013-04-05 “Fallen EP” will be available as free download at http://franky-silence.ch for a limited time
The opening track “Fallen” draws the listeners in with it’s David Lynchesque opening bars and slides into a smooth melancholic slow dance. “Last Night” mystical and dark with a beatnik beat and echoy guitar with Sabrina’s vocals lurking around like shadows on building walls. Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan’s desert rocker “No one knows” gets a banjo and clarinet makeover giving it a jazzy gothic uplift. The last song on the EP “I Have To Go” a twangy sad ballad, leaves you wishing they didn’t have to go and craving more.
The Ghost Orchestra with bass clarinet, accordion, banjo, marimba and waterphone creates an authentic soundscape – wistful and dark deserts, missed opportunities and thrown away happiness drifting over them. Desperados and fallen angels are travelling towards new horizons, which might bring salvation or, more probably, once more failure.
Skillfully composed, consistently arranged, with playful harmonies and chamber music subtleties, the band consisting of Nik Mäder, David Bokel, Simon Rupp, Christian Bucher and Vincent Glanzmann rumbles through a dimmed universe of sound. A sound, which could just as well unfold in a shabby theatre in the american bible belt.
To round off the artistic oeuvre, Franky Silence brought in Pablo Haller, who (for the second time after Franky Silence’s much-praised debut “Recordings For Imaginary Movies“) provided poetically condensed, hallucinogenic words for Troxler’s alterable voice.
Pablo Haller – lyrics
Adi Rohner – uprightbass, lapsteel, composition
…and The Ghost Orchestra:
Nik Mäder – vox, bassclarinet, clarinet
David Bokel – piano, accordeon
Simon Rupp – guitar, banjo
Christian Bucher – marimba
Vincent Glanzmann – drum, percussion