Silo Hill – Neither Here Nor There | Acoustic Blend
Singer-songwriter Silo Hill recently came out with his debut indie-folk/rock album titled ‘Neither Here Nor There’. Reminiscent of music from the 60s and 70s, Hill’s music features an intimate acoustic sound along with wailing guitars and upbeat rhythms. The Wyoming-based artist takes you back to the days of melodically strong music that contains intricately written lyrics about life and love.
Neither Here Nor There Album Tracklist
The 12-track album begins with a beautifully written acoustic track called Changing Fast. Driven by an upbeat guitar rhythm, Hill’s light, soothing voice is supported by rich vocal harmonies in the choruses for its almost two-minute-long runtime where he paints a picture with his playful, yet deep lyrics. – “Got no clue whose voice we’re hearing / The patriarchy’s in the corner jeering / You’d think they know something I don’t / Wouldn’t you”.
No, I Don’t Quite Know What You Meanis introduced a mellow electric guitar along with a tight drum rhythm, creating a slightly aggressive and emotive space for Hill’s vocals. As the title suggests, he sings about being somewhat lost in the world and has a few intriguing questions along with some of the answers. With a hint of psychedelia, this song plays as an alternative-rock single with just the right amount of nostalgia.
Three tracks in, and I must say, Hill’s vocal delivery so far is quite similar to some of the classic rock singers from a few decades ago. It’s great how he’s harnessed that conversational and melodic style of singing from that time and incorporated it into these songs tastefully. On Here We Are (There You Go), Hill is accompanied by an analog synth and layers of lush vocal harmonies. Additionally, the catchy bridge melody and outro will probably have you singing along by the end! A very well-composed track!
Hill changes the mood of the album here with Don’t Think I’ll Ever Figure It Out, creating an acoustically-ethereal space with slightly modulated guitars and his signature layers of harmony. With a few intricately produced fillers and a catchy guitar melody, he sings confidently in his airy and confident voice. The song also features a distorted guitar lead that flows right into the mellow final chorus. A slightly dark track with captivating melodies.
Morning Hillis introduced with an organ-like synth melody that follows Hill’s verse. It has a more modern, analog synth-dominant sound that carries the layered vocals and overall flow of the track. As the track progresses, the bass and electric guitar complement each other and play over the drum rhythm, creating a melancholic space with a strong stereo spread. – “Fill up in another dead desert town / Empty roads with the windows down / The blowing wind it spoke to me / Said kid what the hell d’ya expect to see”
Silo Hill is one of those songwriters who have the ability to deliver a wide range or performances, be it nostalgic ballads, hard-hitting rock, or uplifting pop, he has a very versatile selection of sounds and influences that make his music appealing to a wide audience. Take You Are Sane for example. Right from the start the hopeful melodies would probably make a sad person see the glass half full. The just over three-minute-long track features funky guitars and lively rhythms that could easily put a smile on your face!
Today I See In Colour is introduced with an energetic guitar progression filled with colourful chords. Similar to the opening track, Silo’s soothing voice is accompanied by mainly an acoustic six-string and the occasional hard snare. A percussive bassline supports the melody excellently, all the way to an increasingly fast outro section that takes the track to another level; a lot of good dynamics on this one!
Okay so track eight has a pretty bizarre name but somehow Silo puts a tune to the words and it’s quite catchy. Spinoff of the Knockoff to the Sequel to the Blues features playful melodies in a classic rock arrangement and features a smooth harmonica along with hard-hitting drums. The tight snare might just get your headbanging!
An emotional piano progression introduces Losing Count along with what seems like a reverb-drenched electric guitar. It has a Pink Floyd-ish sound, owing to the unique chord changes and ethereal instrumentals. Additionally, folk-inspired elements support Silo’s voice along with a few mellow synths as the track progresses. My favourite track of the lot!
Seems like Silo is sticking to a softer tone towards the end of this album. He comes off quite curious from his writing and always has a few interesting thoughts about different realms of life. On Is There a Time he narrates somewhat grim stories about unfortunate events, reminding the listener that time isn’t something that’s in our control. Silo pokes at the unquestionable in his signature style over a mix of mainly mellow and some fast-paced guitars on this track.
Quarterback of the Iconoclastsbegins with a funky electric guitar that has a beachy, upbeat vibe in some parts. Silo’s chord structure on this track is quite unique and the mood changes frequently as it progresses. Plenty of dynamic changes here makes this song impactful and engaging. Additionally, there’s a lively instrumental section towards the end that introduces the final verse excellently.
‘Neither Here Nor There’ takes its leave with a melancholic and mellow composition called LaGuardia. With soothing guitar melodies and soft shakers, the track has light instrumentation that accompanies Silo’s voice pleasantly till interlude instrumental. The track grows louder slowly but surely, featuring some improvisation on the drums and guitar. A fantastic end to a very captivating album!