Album Premiere: The Silhouette Era ride dream-wave to rock heights on new LP ‘Beacons’


An indie rock power trio that refers to their unique and wide-ranging sound as “dream wave,” The Silhouette Era out of San Francisco are an excellent example of a band that refuses to be tied down to just one style. The band weaves several different types of dimensions and vibes — from orchestral pop to driving new wave to rigid rock and roll — on their upcoming full length Beacons, out August 4 on Breakup Records, and we are thrilled to premiere the layered LP today on Vanyaland.

The easiest rock-minded route to a one-person dance party since the mid-2000s, the synths shine bright on Beacons without tumbling down the path of electronic pop, giving The Silhouette Era’s songs a complementary sheen to go with the rhythmic drumming and electric guitar riffs. That notion is most evident on Beacons standout track “Exhale”, a song busting with energy along with unbridled emotion that shows the band’s collective hearts on their sleeves. The deep bass tones on “Sleepwalk” make for another great track; the bass, keys, and guitars in the beginning lead up to an invigorating chorus that is absolutely uplifting. Deeper cut “Modern Hearts” is another enjoyable selection, an airy, pop-drunk song that finds the guitars adding a bit of funk to an infectiously catchy composition.

In advance of next week’s Beacons street and digital release date, The Silhouette Era will be celebrating the release of Beacons with Dot Vom & bAd bAd this Thursday, July 30, Brick & Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco. For now, stream it below via Soundcloud, and let’s hope the band makes it to the East Coast sometime soon.