Album review: "Night and the City"
By Mark Jenkins
Friday, Apr. 13, 2012
Although Silo Halo's D.C. punk credentials are in order, there are moments when the trio sounds almost folky. The band's debut album, "Night and the City," includes songs that feature bell-like guitars and Christin Durham's soprano, often trading lines with one of the two male voices. Yet the disc opens with waves of pulsating noise, and industrial din is just as integral to the sound as the gentler elements.
Silo Halo could be considered a work in progress. The band, for example, doesn't have a permanent drummer; Dunham and her bandmates, Christopher Goett and Greg Svitil, use synth beats onstage, and on this album employ Lorelei percussionist Davis White. The band's musical precedents include driving '80s dance-punk, dulcet '60s folk-rock and a stately minor-key style that some might call "goth."
Yet these eight songs hold together, in part because of their thematic unity. High-stakes romance is the recurring subject: Love is "sweetly cannibalistic" in "Out of Your Fugue" or a bomb to defuse in "Which Wire Do I Choose?"
For Silo Halo, frustration and confusion yield musical urgency, whether the three singers' words are floating gently above arpeggios or banging against a brick wall of sound.