ABOUT THIS ITEM
Red Deer Club is extremely proud to present the stunning debut album Silvern from London-based songstress Jess Bryant. Talented producer Daniel Lea has taken elements of modern composition, ambient soundscapes, orchestral instrumentation and film soundtracks, pairing these with Jess’s distinctive vocals to create an astonishing collection of songs. Silvern brings these influences together to weave nine enchanting tales of pleading ghosts, dancing eyes and a visiting oracle.
The record marries these intriguing narratives with an impressive mix of orchestral percussion, string arrangements and a varied selection of instruments. The musicality of the album adds another dimension, which sees serpentine clarinets wind in and out of tinkering glockenspiels to create a dark and fruitful landscape of sound. On one track, a foghorn-like clarinet blurts out into empty space, like a boat searching into the darkness. The musical elements of Silvern derive from a number of influences. The orchestral percussion references American composer Moondog and the lush string arrangements, which underpin the album with a bed of ambient textures, take inspiration from the work of Steve Reich.
Part of the record is built out of Jess’s love for cinema and literature. The fascinating work of writers such as Paul Auster and Haruki Murakami has influenced the intriguing narratives that lurk within Silvern, whilst it's occasional menace brings to mind a Lynchian waking dream. Jess herself is an incredible force on the album. Her soaring vocals play off the rich instrumentation to ground the whole piece in something intimate and human. Silvern is an astonishing achievement, we are very proud as a label to release this to a wider audience and hope that you connect with it as much as we have.
The full length album will be released as a strictly limited edition vinyl and download. The cover features the stunning photography of Emily Dennison and the impressive design skills of Louise Gardner.