Nuno Henry Silva is an artist from Portsmouth, New Hampshire who recently released Influx. This is his third album. We reviewed the other two, Beautiful Corruption and Agora. He explains tracks one and ten were written and recorded in 2014, tracks two through five were written in 2017 and recorded in 2019; Tracks six through nine were written and recorded in 2016. With those types of disparity you expect a very piecemeal type of experience. That’s not the case. In fact the songs really just revolve around guitar and vocals.
The album begins with “Intro (influx)” and I have to admit I don’t really understand why he opened the album with this song. It’s more or less an electronic dance beat with dark pads. It sounds like nothing else on the album except the closing track “Coda (Outflux).”
The opening song is “Sapphire” which is one of the highlights. This is Silva at his best in terms of guitar playing. The vocals are fairly sparse and subdued but I didn’t mind since the guitar work was so well done.
“When We're All the Same” is a little more emotive and melancholy. His vocals are more present on this song and his lyrics express doubt. He doesn't know what to say or do. “In the Wrong” has its moment as well and is very intimate sounding. He plays single strings on this song and you can feel the tension.
Up next is “You Only Think of You” which is one of the catchiest songs on the album. He switches up between strumming and picking effortlessly and I was again impressed by the guitar work. The last guitar song is “Into the Night” which sounded a lot like the title.
Influx shows some of Silva’s growth as a songwriter and guitarist. He seems to be picking up a new skill set and I am interested to hear where he goes from here. Take a listen.
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