Mike Silver aka CFCF has released his second full-length release, which might come as a shocker for those who already stand proud and tall within his fan base. After listening to all the tracks off his album Outside, it’s a basic wonder how the electronic producer hasn’t reached my ears before.
The album as a whole is very crafty and has a new age sound to it, plenty of mixtures and modifications while still seeming to bring the album back to his strong vocals.
Some of his songs such as “Jump Out of the Train” and “Find” are filled with incandescent dreamscapes, but he doesn’t manage to lose you through all the rarely heard sounds. Every song has a particular structure; it is very human and aching with gorgeous imagery of the world passing you by.
Silver’s vocals can be taken in one of two ways. No matter what way he presents them, it is easy to feel as though they are a distraction in the haze of songs that he has come up with. On the other hand, if you try and break everything down into their own individual takes, his vocals are just as beautiful as the electronic devices. His voice snaps you out of your hypnosis and brings you back down to the emotions of the music. He brings you to reality.
This album has such a strong grip, creating feelings in me that I didn’t even know was there. My favorite track is “Find” as it has a gorgeous ballad guitar and the spirit of the music just reached right into me and pulled at my heart. There are some more upbeat tracks such as “Beyond Light” which is very tribal and “The Forest at Night” is another gorgeous track concerning soft vocals and a beautiful light guitar riff.
Beauty seems to be a main theme in the album: forests, mountains and even architecture. Regardless of the outside beauty that he focuses on, I could tell easily that it seemed to very personal album; a definite sense of loneliness is clear. Silver gives us an odd sense of sadness that can be applied to each and every one of us and yet it is impossible to stop listening to.
All in all it was a very good listen. Not every track stood out to me, but you could tell there is a definite comfort that Silver wants to portray in his music. I am very interested to see what else he comes up with.
Get the album now, here.