Break It Down: Silt
Thu, 15 Jan 2009 14:07:27
Toronto based three-piece the Silt are a musical bureaucrat's worst nightmare. Their musical palette extends far beyond the confines of any single genre, pulling rhythmic and harmonic shades from every corner of music on every song. As a result, even specific samplings of the sound off their latest album, Cat's Peak, defy categorization, blurring divides between starkly different aesthetics such as classic soul and progressive synth rock within pop-sized tracks. We recently caught up with two of the multi-instrumentalists in the undefinable sonic project to learn more about their eclectic tastes, aspirations of meeting Piglet and much more.
What have you been listening to lately?
Doug: Billie Holiday, Alvin Lucier, Freakwater.
Ryan: I have been listening to gurgling and sporadic thuds.
Where's your favorite place to chill?
Doug: Down by the Humber River.
Ryan: Deep within, to the bone if you will.
What's the most dramatic thing you ever did to save money as a starving musician?
Doug: Lived anywhere, couch-surfing, studio sitting and so on.
Ryan: I have not been dramatic about it.
Tell us one of your favorite song lyrics.
Doug: Neil Young's, "Take my head refreshing fountain."
Ryan: "Why do you have to lose something every time that you move?" - Kath Bloom
What is your most cherished musical instrument or accessory?
Doug: '58 Harmony hollow-body guitar.
Ryan: I like my piano best.
If you could change one thing about the music industry today what would it be?
Doug: I don't know enough to answer this one.
Ryan: I haven't heard industrial music lately.
What never goes out of style?
Doug: Big rubber boots.
Ryan: Nothingness never goes out of style.
What's the theme song to your life?
Doug: I don't watch that show.
Ryan: "This Is Always" (Betty Carter version)
What movies, artists, authors or athletes inspire you the most?
Doug: Movie: My Dinner with Andre Artist: Robert Smithson
Ryan: Gertrude Stein.
What's your favorite way to stay in shape?
Doug: These days, shinny hockey.
Ryan: Bicycling and trying to yodel.
What non-musician would you most like to meet?
Doug: The Hugging Saint.
What's your biggest guilty pleasure?
Doug: Cookies and cream ice cream.
Ryan: Smoking, drinking, never thinking of tomorrow.
MySpace or Facebook?
Ryan: G-chat poetry
—The ARTISTdirect Staff