In Silo has released the video for both sides of their double A-side single, ‘Surrounding’ and ‘Reminder’. They are the first glimpse of his debut album Souvenir, out Friday, April 10th. We caught up with In Silo to find out more.
For this album, Souvenir, I set out to try and merge classical elements with electronic kits and alternative rock.
First up, tell us about yourself - what got you into music?
Looking back, I realise from a very early age I wanted to play guitar, from hearing Pink Floyd when I was maybe four-years-old, but I only really realised I ‘liked’ music when Coldplay released Parachutes and I played that album to death. When my brother bought By The Way by Red Hot Chili Peppers, that was the push I needed to get an electric guitar and start having lessons.
Were there any particular bands or artists you took inspiration from?
As a teen I felt really inspired by John Fruscianteand Bonobo, but mostly listened to indie-rock bands like Interpol, Muse or Franz Ferdinand. As I’ve got older, some of those influences have remained, but I feel a much wider scope of inspiration. One would be Julian Casablancas and how he has written really interesting and progressive music with The Voidz, and my knowledge of classical music is always broadening.
How would you describe your musical style?
For this album, I set out to try and merge classical elements with electronic kits and alternative rock. Some tracks lean on one style more than another, but overall I think it works really well as a whole. I didn’t want to have to rely on the guitar too much even though it’s my primary instrument.
Why ‘In Silo’?
The name was originally for a demo idea I’ve had floating around for the past couple of years. I had another name in mind for a while, but some people I spoke to felt it didn’t suit my personality, or my music, so I was looking through song titles I’d written and that one stuck out. The idea in the first place was the thought of being completely isolated – as if you were in an underground bunker, completely separate fro every day life.
And I realised that when I’m in that flow of writing a song, it can kind of feel like that – but in a good way. So I felt it was a good way of encapsulating my process, I guess.
If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
At this point in time, I’d say Zach from DIIV. They’re a great band, but I’m fascinated by his songwriting and would love to see how he writes. The same goes for (Sandy) Alex G.
Tell us about your debut single ‘Surrounding’. When did you write it and where did you record it?
The original idea came probably in 2011, so it’s a very old song to me, and I recorded tons of acoustic layers on GarageBand. Then I made a first attempt of recording it properly in 2014. Ditched it, then re-recorded it last year when I was doing the album. Thankfully each version has vastly improved on the last.
How does ‘Surrounding’ represent your style?
In relation to the rest of Souvenir, I think it’s pretty different from the others, and arguably the most guitar-led. The rest is a lot more synth-driven. But I feel it’s a good indicator of what direction I might go in moving forward.
What are your hopes for ‘Surrounding’?
I haven’t set any expectations for it in terms of how many people it will reach, I just hope that some people dig it, and makes them intrigued for the rest of the album. I definitely felt more focussed on the music video having an emotional impact – making it an eight-minute short-movie style vid, which details the rise and fall of a relationship. I think the footage worked well with the music, and the actors Holly and Emma really elevated it to a level that made me super-proud of the final cut. So I hope the video resonates with people.
‘Surrounding’ is taken from your debut album Souvenir. What can you tell us about that? What are it’s themes?
I know it’s not necessarily ‘cool’ to say, but this is definitely a concept album. The tracks were written over a year and detail the headspace I felt I was in, at various points throughout that year.
Souvenir centres around the theme of memories, and how they change and diminish over time, no matter how hard we try to hold on to them. ‘Surrounding’ is the momen of reflection and realisation of when things started to change or feel different.
The past sometimes seems perfect and simpler, while the current can often feel incomplete or flawed. This is captured best in the verse lyrics, “Separated last July, and so my sense dies throughout / Another month goes by, and my mind is full of doubt.”
It’s easy to associate our happiness in another person, and the chorus refrain, “Because you’re my soul that needs surrounding,” refers to us removing ourselves from responsibility for our own well-being, instead placing all our hopes of happiness on someone we love, by expecting them to save us.
Can you tell us about each song?
All of the songs really fit under this umbrella. Opener ‘Skin’ is more of just an image in my head when I think back to that time, whereas the two final tracks, ‘Watch Your Forever’ and ‘Holding Out For The Break’ are more direct in addressing people I knew, and capturing their personalities and quirks.
The only song that didn’t fit in that time-frame is ‘Unspoken’. It was two weeks before the album was being finished, and I decided last minute to record it at home, and chuck it on there, because I felt the energy of it would really hit at a certain point in the album where a couple of slower tracks come in. So that song was one of the first tracks I ever wrote, maybe when I was 17 or 18, and was this kind of naïve teen-love song for someone who just didn’t reciprocate.
So, although the rest of the album is quite vague lyrically, this one is much more heart-on-your-sleeve angst. The chorus is, “No matter what I do/I could never change enough for you.” Super basic, but it captured how I felt at that time, and cuts through at the heart of the album.
What else have you got coming up in 2020?
I’m still trying to get everything in order for the album release. So hoping to drop another song before April, but once the album is out, I’m hoping I can do a few shows acoustically in spring/summer, and then maybe later in the year I’ll try and get a band together for some shows as well. I think album 2 is pretty much written, so want to try and get the ball rolling for recording that too, but don’t want to get too ahead of myself just yet as Souvenir isn’t even out yet!
Watch the videos for ‘Surrounding’ and ‘Reminder’ on YouTube below. For news and tour dates go to In Silo’s Facebook page.