The search for a new sound is not so complex. Sparkbird shows us this with clarity using their approach to music, a quake of freshness and acceptance. It translates into these ripples in their music, and nothing says it more than this single. This is Silent Film.
A lot is said within pockets of silence. Here, loss is gauged with the soundtrack of their life disappearing. Rendering something silent might be necessary for introspection, yet it claws at you. Sparkbird rings this true, with the song starting out with a singular note. It might be derivative of the lyrics, or something that came together by chance. The latter is doubtful, as we proceed in the track. There are emotional swells of strings that come in, bringing the wave of emotion. You can feel the heartache in the instrumentals as well. The harmonics don’t occur everywhere, just in the right places, with the right hints of flavour. It is a neat and nuanced depiction of heartbreak and pain, working through it in the moments that pass. Sparkbird has taken their sound to a plateau of rumination, and we are pleased to witness it.
From High Fidelity to 500 Days of Summer, I could see this track fit anywhere. Not only do the instrumentals do the feeling justice, but the metaphor to the cinema tracks very well. The approach and swells make it a beautiful track to listen to. You can listen to their music with Varied Thrush and Blue Jay, some gorgeous arrangement and character shines through. Listen to them and don’t forget to follow for more!