Artiest van de maand februari 2016
Line-up: Brian de Graeve (vocals and guitar), Erik Laan (vocals and keyboards),Daniel van der Weijde (Guitars), Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen (drums), Jurjen Bergsma (bass guitar)
In 2013 and 2014, Silhouette has undertaken its most ambitious project so far when the band recorded its fourth album “Beyond the Seventh Wave”. It’s a more than 60 minute concept album, about the hunger for freedom of an innocent man convicted for life. The concept is inspired by stories and books such as Henri Charierre’s “Papillion”, which was also released on film in 1973. The music and lyrics however have several layers and contain autobiographical elements brought in by Silhouette’s composers Brian de Graeve (vocals and guitar) and Erik Laan (vocals and keyboards).
Beyond the Seventh Wave” is a new step in the development of Silhouette. This time, the band invited classical, acoustic instrumentalists to enrich the arrangements: cellist Ruben van Kruistum (Adeia), violinist Laura ten Voorde (Adeia); clarinetist Tamara van Koetsveld (Dutch Royal Airforce Orchestra), and flutist MaryO, who also contributed backing vocals.
During the process of writing and recording the album, the line-up has changed significantly. Silhouette recruited excellent new musicians, including Daniel van der Weijde (Guitars) and Rob van Nieuwenhuijzen (drums, known from progmetal band Incidense). Jurjen Bergsma has replaced Gerrit-Jan Bloemink on bass guitar and also recorded several tracks on the album. Silhouette asked Ton Scherpenzeel (Camel and Kayak) as a guest musician to play an analogue Minimoog keyboard solo on Devil’s Island. Antonio Seijías (known for his artwork for Marillion) designed the artwork.
The result is a consistent and solid progressive rock album on which Silhouette sounds heavier, tighter, but also more emotional and lyrical than before. Yet, Silhouette maintains its recognizable sound in which melodies stand at the core of every song.
In 2016, Silhouette has started writing on their fifth album. This is going to be a whole new project with material which you probably would not expect!
More info: www.silhouetteband.nl and on facebook: Silhouette.
Silhouette has been nominated as Artist of the Month by DJ-Summer and in each live broadcast on Best Music Radio you can listen to one of their numbers.