The World is Flat .​.​.​and other alternative facts

by Silhouette

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Sven B. Schreiber I like "Beyond the Seventh Wave" pretty much - but it's follow-up album "The World is Flat" is even better, in my opinion. There's not a single song I need to skip, the tracks are balanced very well musically, and even the longer tracks are largely free of unnecessary twiddly bits. Basically, the music is typical Dutch symphonic rock à la "Kayak" with a wonderfully melodic e-guitar and lots of vintage keyboard sounds like hammond organ, mellotron, and Yamaha CP-style e-piano, but with some nice extras, brought in by the violin, flute, and french horn used in some of the arrangements. Since the band is not inclined to disclose its more contemporary prog influences, I'll make a guess: "Big Big Train"? Well, sometimes I'm reminded of this first-class band while listening to this album... Favorite track: Six Feet Underground.
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about

Silhouette is proud to announce “The World is Flat And Other Alternative Facts”, our fifth studio album. It contains six songs with a total playing time of nearly 50 minutes. The 18 minute long epic “Symphony for a Perfect moment”, consisting of five parts, is the longest song ever written by the band.
The album is unusually diverse and adventurous. While still recognizably Silhouette, this musical journey contains influences of not only the founding fathers of progressive rock, but also of contemporary, modern acts. We won’t tell you which ones, you will have to discover for yourself! What we can tell you is that this artistic evolution is obviously due to the growing influence of the younger members of the band, who were more actively involved in the writing and arranging than on previous Silhouette albums.

While The World is Flat is not a concept album like the previous one, lyrically and musically, you will recognize an introspective mood all over the album. “The World is Flat” is foremost a statement about shallowness around us. About the influence of internet trolls, cheating bankers, lying politicians and incomprehensible violence, leading to scared people who don't know whom to trust anymore. Things that should matter don’t seem to matter anymore in public life. Sometimes we feel the strength to stand up against these modern demons. But sometimes we don’t, we cannot take it anymore and we give in to the desire to turn our backs to the flat world. We start searching for existential depth in our private lives, behind the protection of closed blinds in our homes. That is when we discover in the end it is all about living the moment, in the here and now. But also we find that even the most beautiful moments and memories have no meaning unless you can share them with your loved ones.

credits

released September 23, 2017

Silhouette consists of:
Jurjen Bergsma: Bass guitar en backing vocals
Brian de Graeve: Lead and backing vocals, 12 string guitar
Erik Laan: Lead and backing vocals, keyboards, bass pedal
Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen: drums and percussion
Daniel van der Weijde: electric and acoustic guitars

Silhouette asked the following five guest musicians to contribute:
Chantal van den Dungen: Flute
Petruschka Schaafsma: Hobo
Sophie Zaaijer: Violin
Ger Otten: French Horn
Joke Laan Morsch: Additional Soprano Vocals
MarYo: Backing Vocals

Artwork and graphic design: Antonio Seijas
Production: Erik Laan
Mixing and mastering: Bart Laan

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