Loveasaurus is proud to present “Our Rook”, a lovely little time capsule from one of Baltimore’s sweetest sounding duo’s. This bittersweet record takes on an even more melancholic tone with the knowledge that the band is no more. Taking their name from an ee cummings poem, Silent Whys were Austin Tally and Amanda Glasser, who met in Baltimore in early 2009. At live shows, the duo performed traditional folk/bluegrass songs as well as original material. They didn’t not use any backing musicians, often singing and playing kick drum and a melodic instrument at the same time, and switching off roles throughout sets. The duo’s sound is warm and accessible, reveling in melancholy. They craft beautiful bedroom folk-pop that fans of Iron and Wine, Brightblack, Deer Tick, and Small Sur will immediately recognize. The music features a variety of acoustic instruments, including guitar, banjo, accordion, dulcimer, mandolin – but synthesizer, electric bass and lap steel make an appearance from time to time. Our Rook, is the duo’s first – and perhaps final – full length album. Featuring appearances by many talented Baltimore musicians, the record comprises eight songs written between 2009 and 2011, a collection of the duo’s favorites from that time.
Silent Whys is:
Amanda Glasser: vocals, accordion, guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, bowed Dobro
Austin Tally: vocals, guitar, electric bass, Dobro, mandolin, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, keyboards, lap steel
Andy Abelow: saxophone (Song for Cicada), vocals (Lay Me Down)
Dan Cohan: percussion/drums (Waltz for October, Home)
Sianna Plavin: vocals (Lay Me Down)
Alex Champagne: vocals (Lay Me Down)
Produced by Mat Leffler-Schulman
Recorded at Mobtown Studios
Engineered by Alex Champagne
Mixed by Mat Leffler-Schulman & Alex Champagne
Jan. 2011- Jan. 2012
Released on Loveasaurus Records!
Cover art: “Ambient Circle (Black)” by D’Metrius Rice
Special thanks to: Mat and Alex at Mobtown, everyone else who contributed to the album, our parents, all our friends – and a special shout out to Kelly Adams, who came to every single show! Mike Nestor and the Beechfields (RIP), Jason Reed and Loveasaurus Records, John Lichtefeld and Environmental Aesthetics, everyone we’ve played shows with and every venue we’ve played at!
All songs written by Silent Whys.credits
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