Hailing from Seattle WA, Silent Gnomes is the brainstorm of singer/songwriter (and multi-instrumentalist) Samir Chandra. On his EP Dream he explores a number of different genres which showcase multiple sides to his talent.
The EP opens with “Come Back To Me” which is a piano ballad. Suffice it say the playing style reminded me of Billy Joel. The song starts with piano chords and drums and sooner than I expected there was a dynamic shift in the song. It goes full on epic with the drummer hitting the crash cymbals and more intense piano playing. The theme of the song is all in the title.
Next up is “I Need You” which has a distinctly different feel. This song felt like a mix between ’50s pop and ’90s alternative. It’s arguably the most catchy song of the four and was a personal favorite. The guitar is the main instrument on this song with the drums as explosive as ever. Chandra’s vocals sounded really good on this track. I have to admit I would love to hear an entire album in this style.
“Getaway” reminded me of Oasis if they were a little more upbeat. That being said the song is more melancholy than the previous song but is more about yearning and hope. The song revolves around a strumming acoustic guitar and another guitar that picks a distinct melody.
The EP ends with “Belong” which revisits the vibe of the first song. This song is certainly more of a slow burn. It starts off subtle and melancholy but quickly builds into the most epic song in the batch. This was a good way to end the EP.
Dream is a diverse EP and you certainly got an idea of Chandra’s influences. On top of that Chandra brings his own unique style to these songs all of which seem to be a foundation to the EP. The EP also benefits from good production where you can hear the dynamics and nuances of the music. This is a strong start and hope to hear more in the not too distant future. Recommended.
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