ENCHANTING NEW SINGLE: “YOU ONLY” OUT + LIVE DATES THIS MAY/JUNE
“A majestic Jeff Lynne, Supertramp, ELO piano vibe… I absolutely LOVE this”
Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music
London quintet SILVERTWIN are delighted to announce their self-titled debut album for release on 16th July 2021.
Already shaping up to be one of 2021’s breakthrough stars, the outfit follow their rapturously received, BBC6 Music championed debut single “Ploy” with the sweeping seventies-tipped sweetness of new single: “You Only”.
The single arrives with an equally enchanting new video, inspired by the iconic promotional films of The Beatles to The Beach Boys, whom Silvertwin tellingly cite as direct influences. Created and edited by the band in January of this year, it was jointly directed by Silvertwin’s Isaac Shalam and Alicia Barisani.
Speaking about “You Only”, Isaac Shalam of Silvertwin says:
“You Only is the most 60s sounding song on the record, which is why we wanted to nail a 60s looking video. Our influences were The Beatles, The Monkees and The Beach Boys. We wanted it to feel like a mix of A Hard Day’s Night and The Monkees TV Show. Our goal was to create something homemade and given the references, we decided to get a second-hand Super-8 Camera to shoot it on.”
With its glowing three-part harmonies, star-spangled synthesisers and classic songwriting stylistics, “You Only” tugs at the heartstrings like the lovechild of Jeff Lynne and Brian Wilson. Oozing with a period West Coast feel impossible to fake, the track boasts the original vibraphone Brian Wilson used while recording ‘Pet Sounds’. Channeling the spirit and sensibilities of his hero, Shalam played the iconic instrument while recording the track at Electro-vox Studios in West Hollywood, LA in 2020 as part of sessions for their confirmed debut album ‘Silvertwin’.
Like opening a time-capsule of 70s hits you never knew existed, Silvertwin’s debut release promises to be an intoxicating rush of retro-pop nuance and artful nostalgia. Think Paul McCartney produced by ELO and you’re part-way there; ‘Silvertwin’ will serve-up 10 lovingly crafted treasures hallmarked with the songwriting flourishes and the misty-eyed, lovelorn charms of a once golden era for music.
With a sound as familiar as your childhood soundtrack, the record is notably blessed with the touching turn of phrase and swooning couplets of frontman Isaac Shalam. Setting out to create “an album of timeless songwriting”, Shalam explores themes of “young love and the wide spectrum of emotions that come with it” written with heartfelt honesty and endearingly relatable experiences. Recorded to tape rather than digitally, most parts were recorded by Shalam with some overdubs by the rest of the band and session musicians to enhance its warmly authentic baroque-pop feel. The result is indeed a record of timeless feel; lost out-of-time and estranged from its seventies acolytes, yet sounding fresher than ever in the mixed-up here and now of 2021. Yearning to be heard by the ears of all generations, it will appeal to fans of like minded retro-revisionists like The Lemon Twigs or Whitney, as well as fans of the myriad quintessential acts who have inspired it, from Billy Joel to The Beatles, Supertramp to Gilbert O’Sullivan.
The record is masterfully produced by Foxygen’s esteemed Jonathan Rado (The Flaming Lips / The Killers / Father John Misty) who has mentored and supported the band from their very earliest days. Providing the record with the classic finish it richly deserves, ‘Silvertwin’ was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios and mixed by the legendary Cenzo Townshend. Silvertwin will self-release their eponymously titled debut on 16th July 2021. Full tracklisting is as follows:
‘SILVERTWIN’ – TRACKLISTING
I DON’T WANT TO FIGHT ANYMORE
THE NIGHT IS OURS
LOVE ME HATE ME
TAKE ME ON
DRIVING ME WILD
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Masterminded by Isaac Shalam, Silvertwin are the new band your life is sorely missing. Raised on a diet of seminal cuts from the 60s, 70s and 80s consumed via the family car stereo, from early-on in high school Shalam felt a yearning to recreate the sounds he had grown up with all his life. Looking for a vehicle to bring his self-penned songs to life, Shalam formed Silvertwin while at college in London; a quintet of like-minded souls including Alicia Barisani, Dan Edery, Lauric Mackintosh and Antonio Naccache.
Quickly impressing audiences and industry alike, the Silvertwin name soon caught the ear of Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado who invited the band to develop their studio sound with him at LA’s prestigious Electro Vox studios. Spending the last year readying a clutch of songs for wider release, recent single “Ploy” was the first of those sessions to materialise, swiftly followed by leading album track “You Only”.
Playing their first official shows in 2020, the band drew a sold-out capacity crowd to a two night residency at London’s Pin-Ups venue by word-of-mouth sensation.
Looking forward to returning to the live stage for the first time since, Silvertwin are pleased to confirm 4x socially distanced shows over two nights at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney on 19th May and 16th June respectively. Full dates and details as below.
SILVERTWIN 2021 LIVE DATES
Wed 16 June – Late Show 9:30pm