Butter wouldn't melt; innocence in abundance, segregated from the Synthpop stereotype with a cutesy, playful aesthetic, Pink as a highly predominant colour, and a swings and slides, 'high-five' style naivety. This introduces Silent Auction. Any bidders?
Vocalist Terri has the same appeal that Chibi from the Birthday Massacre has. She has a voice that adapts to all situations and never fails to sound pure and gorgeous - the sole reason female vocalists always stand out to guys, their voices can be so much more attractive or memorable.
Terri and Jason split vocals and lyrics for this act, and it appears that the duo do EVERY aspect of the song writing together. Rare! The first track on here is 'Beautiful Mess' - it's insanely catchy, and the band just reminds me more and more of the previously mentioned TBM... the melodies on here even remind me of their cover of 'Never-Ending Story'. Secondly is 'Reverie' - and I didn't expect this. Jason is on vocals, and the track is darker, but it's so bouncy and enjoyable. Borderline Darkwave, and this duo look very much like an act to appeal to everyone. I'm almost smiling, and we hate when that happens, don't we? Can't afford another mirror...
Joking aside, just like Silent Auction themselves, this album weaves humour and child-like inquisitiveness with highly produced and expertly written Synthpop.
I've listened to this 6 times and not yet found a track I despise. The act go from being Bauhaus-esque in constitution to pure, unrestrained and teasing ('Good Girl'). H on Earth has everything from a curious title to two beautiful vocalists that compliment each other in every possible sense. With tracks like 'NB Sadness', I begin to wonder why I didn't discover these guys sooner, and by the end, their happiness and fun is so catching that I wish I was hanging out with them on a Saturday evening. Mind.In.A.Box doing a remix is the final persuasion point, and for most of you, it'll do the trick.
Criticisms : The album lacks the usual one or two tracks that just stand out above all else. It also starts off so strong that it runs the risk of breaking the trend.This being said, it's a fun, bouncy Synthpop CD , and it meets all the requirements.
Rated by: Nick
22 Oct 2011
This album counts to the few, which you hear 1 or 2 times, but then you turn it away for a while (... so at least it happened to me...). Before it starts to collect dust, you'll pick up this seemingly uncomfortable album again to give it some more spins. A tiny wonder happens, because everything, you've found uninspired, plain and platitudinous before, now seems to have developed, yes, some of the tracks are now sounding clever arranged and offer the needed portion of emotion in the vocals. Signed to the US-based label Nilaihah Records, Mr. And Mrs. Barbero are hailing out of Rochester, NY. The album title 'H On Earth' surely doesn't mean a place called 'Hell', as the music of this duo rather touches Synth-/Futurepop-, Trance- Alternative- and EBM-genres. What has eventually disturbed a better impression after the first spins may belongs on the fact, that SILENT AUCTION aren't that kind of a sugar-sweet Synthpop-act with gay-ish vocals and a catchy Electronica sound-design. You definitely need to give them some more spins to let them grow on you. You will be rewarded for your patience with a diverse sounding album in the above described smoother styles, whose brilliance hides in the sarcastic, at times humorous nailing lyrics ('Good Girl' ' that one reminds me on my 9-years-old daughter in her 'best' phases...). With often changing the lead vocalist between Terri and Jason Barbero, they additionally include variations into their whole concept. 'Heart Attack' is musically the most catchiest tune, a brilliant expressed broken-heart story featuring rich synthesizer pads. The opener 'Beautiful Mess' balances well between a classic Synthpop- and Trance-influences. Also worth to mention are the two remix contributions by MIND.IN.A.BOX, who do an awesome job with their breathtaking programming abilities on 'Reverie', and COSMICITY, who rather add dancefloor-compatibility on 'Heart Attack' - which (of course) destroys the heart-felting mood of the original. SILENT AUCTION have hammered out a quality album not to underestimate, it stands for a variable alternative in the Synth-/Futurepop-genre.
Recently joined the US label Nilaihah Records, Silent Auction are here
with the brand new album "H On Earth". Silent Auction was
formed in 1997 and after several changes in the line-up the band now
consists of the founder Jason Barbero and Terri Snyder together with
live drummer Brendan Bulson. The debut album "Amber Lights"
arrived in 2006 and now four years later the band returns with their
new creation in "H On Earth".
With catchy melodies and strong refrains Silent Auction delivers one
great track after the other. The combination of electropop and synthpop
with the more heavier EBM makes it really great. Overall the production
work is really something you can't complain about. A fresh sound with
driving beats and clean electronics Silent Auction is for sure a band
to keep an eye on and with powerful tracks like "Reverie",
"Detour", "Good Girl" or even the touching "Restless"
proves that the band can deliver high class songs. However, the tracks
"Rhythm" and "Blueface" is two songs that that I
feel not simply fitting in with the rest of the tracks.
The album brings you through many different paths during this 70 minute
long journey with both up-tempo tracks or even slower songs like the
mellow "Fastlane" that got a really nice feeling. As a bonus,
two remixes are included from mind.in.a.box and Cosmicity.
SILENT AUCTION was founded by Jason Barbero in Rochester, NY already
in 1997. Started as an industrial project, the formation did not assume
its current style until 2003 when the line-up was completed with Theresa
"Terry" Snyder, after which the band has moved more into the direction
of Future Pop, largely shedding its underground roots. After several
self-releases, EP's, singles and compilation appearances, Barbero and
Snyder, currently working as a duo, now bring forth a full length album.
'H on Earth' consists of twelve tracks of which 'NB Sadness' and 'Good
Girl' have been previously released in single and EP format. The latter
one is without a doubt the catchiest track on the album - it's tacky
but will work on dance floors. There is also remixes of 'Reverie' and
'Heart Attack' by MIND.IN.A.BOX. and COSMICITY, respectively. SILENT
AUCTION's dance floor and radio-friendly FUTURE POP sound is influenced
predominantly by trance and EBM. The music is well performed and produced
but unmoving. Vocals are in overall heavily processed, and, although
it admittedly is part of Dance / Future Pop style, especially on 'Heart
Attack' the usage of auto tune is so heavy it sounds very 2002. From
what can be figured out under all that processing, both members of the
band would appear to be decent singers - in which case, less would most
likely be more. Other than that, there's hardly anything to really dislike
about 'H on Earth' but, unfortunately, the lack of gripping choruses
and memorable melody lines leaves the album without hit potential.
Total: 7 / 10
Written by Hemi Malkki
Monday, 23 August 2010
This American duo operating from New York has been active for a couple
of years. After several self-releases they now joined Nilaihah Records
to launch the cool "H On Earth"-album. The sound of Silent Auction can
be the best described as the offspring between electro-pop and EBM.
A few technoid elements join in on some songs, but the main spirit of
the album remains pop-like. The 2nd song "Reverie" perfectly illustrates
their work and reminds me a bit to the style of Namnambulu. There's
an excellent lead carrying this song. A song that really gets into mind
is "Good Girl". We here get funny and sexy lyrics sung by their female
singer. The male backings joining in are adding a nice touch. This song
can be easily defined as power-pop. A next song in a similar vein is
"Rhythm" featuring a great bass line and technoid bleeps. This is a
more EBM approach of making hard and danceable pop music. The fans of
the band knew this song from a previous remix-album. Silent Auction
unleash all their creativity on songs like "Heart Attack" and "Freedom
And Chance". Both songs stand for an intelligent production. The last
mentioned song reminds me a bit to the style of The Azoic. There's a
similar way of mixing popmusic with other elements and the technoid
bleeps running through this song are fascinating. This is an album filled
with refreshing pop elements, which finally resulted in a fascinating
modern electro-pop album.
Silent Auction is a band to watch as they emerge from the underground,
playing a great combination of catchy tunes, edgy lyrical sarcasm, and
quality electronic production. ---Todd Durrant, A Different
This band got their start several years ago under the foundation of
Jason Barbaro and Jason Rowe with their harsh industrial noise. img
However, the band we know today is quite a bit different at the time
of this release. Currently it's composed of the trio Jason Barbero,
Terri Snyder and Brendon Bulson and features a melodic electro-pop style
with swooshing synths, layers of electronic loops, male and female vocals
all over a fast-paced dance-friendly beat. This album comes packed with
twelve original solid tracks with two additional bonus remixes for a
nice, full body of music.
I have to admit that my first exposure to this band was their satyrical
piece "Good Girl" which really churned my stomach. While the electronics
are fun, I groaned as I pictured another sassy, sexual-image-driven
satyrical band and didn't return to listen to any more for a while.
But as with many albums I'll often return and check out additional selections
and finally sat down to listen to the album in it's entirety. To say
I was shocked was an understatement, what in the world "Good Girl" is
doing on this album is beyond me, and why it seemed to always show up
as the "hit" for this album when I researched the band is also a mystery.
While "Beautiful Mess" still features female-fronted vocals and lyrics
right along the borderline of pop music and culture, it remains true
enough to the alternative synth and electro genres that it's actually
a really nice piece in the end. But as you move on through the album
and hear tracks like "Reverie" with the deep, emotionally dripping vocals
over the heavy electronics or "Detour" which feature's the female vocals
once again, but this time along these more emotional melodic electro-pop
styles, then I was captivated and knew this album really had some potential.
In fact, if you leave "Good Girl" aside, this is a really stellar album.
As I've been able to listen to it several times over the past few weeks
I was pleased to hear one excellent piece after another. Favorites include
the already mentioned "Reverie" and "Detour". The male vocals are great
mixed with the dark and heavy, yet dance-friendly music on "Reverie"
and others, include "Resltess" which has also quickly become a favorite
from this disc. Most readers here will be familiar with the unique style
of Mind.In.A.Box and the inclusion of the remix from this band of "Reverie"
made the similarities really click with me. The tracks with the heavier,
darker vocals and styles are quite reminiscent of those from Mind.In.A.Box's
own pieces with the darker, deeper vocals, so this remix fits in perfectly
with the album. Nearly every track has that moving dance-friendly beat,
including the almost ballad-like pieces "Heart Attack" or "NB Sadness".
This latter piece makes a great finale to the album (not counting the
bonus remixes) and also quickly became a favorite.
So overall it's a nice album. I'm usually more of a sucker for the female
vocals, but I have to admit that the deep, emotional male vocals mixed
with the dark and brooding, yet driving dance-friendly music really
captures my attention. Highly recommended for fans of bands within these
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