In the first of three planned EPs scheduled to come out over the next four months, Silverplanes lay out an impressive, if brief collection of seemingly timeless guitar-heavy, atmospheric pop.
It’s fitting that Silverplanes, aka LA-based singer/guitarist Aaron Smart, was produced by Grammy winner Jack Douglas, the man behind releases by Aerosmith, John Lennon and Cheap Trick, among many others, because the “Gulfstream” EP has a sound that could fit in just about any decade from the 1970s on.
With five tracks, there is very little fat on the record. While the album drags a bit at the end with the slower tracks “Trains” and “Under the Sun,” “Seeing Red” and the trippy, feedback-heavy “World Spins Round,” are memorable form the first listen on.
Though this inaugural EP was mixed by Shelly Yakus, (U2, Tom Petty, Lou Reed), each EP will be missed by a different professional. Future sets will be mixed by Jay Messina, (Aerosmith, KISS and Supertramp) and Geoff Emerick (The Beatles, Badfinger and Elvis Costello).
Silverplanes – Gulfstream EP/5 tracks/Make & Volume Unit Records/2017 / https://soundcloud.com/silverplanes