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Silica Bliss

by Silica Bliss

Music that makes you see yellow, orange and light blue colours.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Am I the One?
3:56 $0.99
2. Fire in my Belly
3:43 $0.99
3. If I Survive
3:08 $0.99
4. Popstar
3:13 $0.99
5. Imagine That
3:50 $0.99
6. Losing Height
4:02 $0.99
7. Thirty-Six
0:36 $0.99
8. Weightless
4:26 $0.99
9. Let it Ride
3:52 $0.99
10. Million Dollars
4:04 $0.99
11. Words of a Liar
3:37 $0.99
12. Nobody Knows
4:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Silica Bliss music shimmers. Its a diamond in the rough. Its sublime, ethereal and classic pop artistry and a well-kept secret for too long. Silica Bliss are Dan Carr and Steve McGlaughlin. Dan grew up in Peterborough, a small town outside of Toronto, Canada. After playing in a few local bands he decided to travel across Europe, with his guitar, busking to pay for food and a bed. Steve grew up in Melbourne but had the same European busking idea. They met in Prague, just as the Velvet Revolution was in full swing, when Steve stumbled across Dan playing on the Charles Bridge (that spans the Vltava River). They struck up a friendship and began to perform together. Their immediate success as a busking duo in Prague gave them the luxury of writing and rehearsing during the day, playing for a few hours in the evening, then spending the rest of the night exploring the bars and clubs. After a few months, they decided to resume their separate travel plans, but planned to meet up down the track and continue the partnership. A year later, they regrouped in Melbourne and Silica Bliss was born. As songwriters, they are true collaborators encouraging, editing and pushing each other to make sure each song they write is a stand-alone gem. Dan provides the vocals, Steve plays guitar and arranges. The first Silica Bliss release was a self-titled album (in 2000) that attracted a lot of industry interest and critical acclaim. It also led to Silica Bliss signing a record deal with In-Fidelity and a publishing deal with In-Fidelity/Sony/ATV. The second album, Cast in White, is being prepared for release in Jan 2007.



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Illawarra Mercury - Greg Totman

Silica Bliss
The harmonies of Silica Bliss create a mental image of touring along the Santa Monica coastline with the top down and the car CD player blaring.

This pop duo, however, comes from the Melbourne suburb of Kew – far removed from the surf. But the sound on their self-titled debut album owes its inspiration to Californian pop.

Musician Daniel Carr teamed up with Stephen McGlaughlin after the pair met in Europe and busked in Prague for their daily bread.

In the tradition of power pop bands such as The Shoes, Dwight Twilley, The Paley Brothers and the Rubinoos, Silica Bliss has all the right moves to perfectly re-create the magic three-minute gem with exacting harmonies and subtle guitars and, dare I say, what sounds like a drum machine.

The choirboy harmonies would cause nose bleeds if they got any higher. It’s good, clean pop.

Sydney University Magazine - Andrew McKiernan

Silica Bliss
Sometimes writing a review is the hardest thing in the world! You know what you want to say, you know how the music made you feel, and all you have to do is communicate that to your reading audience. Simple, heh?

Not always. Sometimes it seems that there are no words to describe exactly how you feel about a CD. All words in the English language seem impotent in comparison to what you have heard. I could just say “Go out and get a copy of this CD NOW!! And you will never be the same again” but it tells you nothing. Anyway, here I go, for better or for worse...

Silica Bliss are two guys, just two guys! Apparently Steve McGlaughlin (from Melbourne) and Daniel Carr (from Canada) originally met while busking in Prague. Because they got on so well and were happy with the music they were creating together Daniel decided to move to Australia when Steve returned home and through late 1999 and early 2000 recorded Silica Bliss, their debut self-titled album. This was a meeting that I would say was Fated from the beginning!

The music is Pop, purer than any Pop you have heard before, without the hype and the clichés and the hairdo’s that normally attend such things. It is all about the music. The instrumentation (including Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass and Strings) is richly layered and sensuous, blending timbres masterfully over and across and through each other. And hey, we haven’t even mentioned the vocals yet!

Dan Carr’s vocals and harmonies are Angelic to say the least, and I do not mean that in soppy way! Immediately reminiscent of the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” and some of the finer Lennon/McCartney duets you will find much more than any form of imitation here. Overall the sound is original, the lyrics interesting and engaging, and the listening experience sheer bliss!

Stand-out tracks? If I really had to pick I would have to say track 8 “Weightless”, because I listen to it and I do feel like I am floating around a room, or track 11 “Words of a Liar” for the beauty of the harmonies. But, that is not fair to the album because there are no stand- out tracks, it is a Stand-Out ALBUM!

Heard Magazine

Silica Bliss
Melbourne based duo Silica Bliss can most certainly be very proud of their achievements of their self-titled debut album, which is comparable to many bands, but is certainly unique in its overall sound. An outstanding effort this, with a natural gift for harmonies the highlight here, as well as some intelligent songwriting.

Fans of XTC will see a comparable sound, with less of an ‘electronic’ sort of feel to the instruments, though there’s definitely a comparison there for my liking. The opening couple of tracks “Am I The One?” and the more pop orientated “Fire in My Belly” are a great taste of what’s to come. One of my picks here is the second last tracks “Words of A Liar”, which takes a different tack to some of the other songs, as does my favourite overall, the wondrous melodies and easy feel of the vocals behind “If I Survive”, which is definitely a cross genre song and deserves much radio attention. Music fans looking for something quite a bit different from the chart action will have a lot to digest here and love it all the way.

James Cook University - Sonia Tobiano

Silica Bliss
Melbourne rock/popsters Silica Bliss have entered our headspace with their independent self-titled debut.

After meeting in Europe and busking on the streets of Prague, Daniel Carr and Stephen McGlaughlin have turned things up a notch and formed the duo Silica Bliss. The album is full of spirited melodies, and simple lyrics and dynamics. And let’s not forget some good cover artwork.

The trademark harmonies are outstanding. Silica Bliss complement each other both vocally and instrumentally. Reminiscent of old Lennon-McCartney harmonies but with a more modern feel about it. Up for some easy listening? Look no further.

Self-produced in a home studio, the line “taking it one day at a time”, from “Am I The One?” seems to sum up Silica Bliss at the moment.

Deakin University Press - Sarah Williams

Silica Bliss
This self-titled album is a timeless experience. The album consists of twelve uplifting tracks each generating a variety of different sounds. The boys harmonise in a way that is reminiscent of the Beach Boys. Their opening track “Am I The One?” displays a style that I would liken to the Smashing Pumpkins and other tracks brought John Lennon to mind. However, I would describe Silica Bliss as original pop.

Seed Magazine - Tibor Gede

Silica Bliss
Wow, this is really a refreshing change from everything else floating around today. A little bizarre for somebody of my liking but I know what I hate, and this I like. With a very sixties surfy feel its harmonies and multi-layered vocal tracks are perfect for radio. Tracks such as “Fire in My Belly”, “Pop Star”, and “Imagine That” demonstrates Silica Bliss’ maturity as a band and their amazing songwriting ability.

Waneroo Times - Alison Miller

Silica Bliss
I loved the band name Silica Bliss from the first moment I heard it but it doesn’t mean a group will be worth its weight in CDs.

Fortunately, Silica Bliss’ self-titled foray into the music world is a fine example of what aspiring musicians should try to emulate. It is insightful, thought-provoking and is a credit to the Melbourne duo of Dan Carr and Steve McGlaughlin who are Silica Bliss.

Although musically the sound of Silica Bliss is great, what sets this group apart from many others is the lyrical ability of the players. The lyrics are fantastic. Silica Bliss’ first single “Am I The One?” is a creative journey about what a relationship could become. “Let It Ride” is brilliant because of its honesty both musically and lyrically. A strong sense of bass work combines well with Carr’s vocals to enhance the track. Other standout tracks include “Million Dollars”, “Words of a Liar”, and “Imagine That.”

However, I think the best offering is easy to pick even after the first listening. “Popstar” is everything you would imagine a song with such a title to be. It is funky, expressive and fun.

Silica Bliss is obviously a band destined for big things and I am sure it will not be too long before this band receives credit for its work. If the band continues to grow and develop in a similar vein to the path they are already on, then it will not be too long until we see their star rising in the music charts.

Express Magazine - Julian Tompkin

Silica Bliss
It is a shame to think that brilliant music like this could simply slip through the massive gaps in the music business and be left forever to simmer. Silica Bliss’ self-titled debut album will not be advertised, nor probably played too extensively on radio (I hope I am wrong), but is a stunning remembrance of how beautiful music can be.

Sitting somewhere between The Beatles, at their most melodic, and heaven, all emotions are rattled by this splendid piece of art, a sort of minimal and melodic orchestration, but with subtle facets of beauty.

If a modern comparison would make more sense, “Weightless” sparks images of Augie March but multiply the emotions generated while listening to that band 10 fold. The harmonies are immaculate, namely on the summer feeling “Am I The One?”, which indicates a relationship between this Australian act and many of its UK cousins, such as Doves or David Gray, but nothing identical. Elliot Smith also holds similarities to Silica Bliss.

“If I Survive” is reminiscent of what could be called the perfect song, so pungent with melody and emotion that it verges on hypnotic. “Popstar” displays the way Silica Bliss can shift moods to perfect pop drenched in love while the single “Losing Height” deserves to sit in every person’s soul, wrenching with splendor. A true vision of greatness.

Inpress Magazine - Martin Jones

Silica Bliss
Rarely is this column offered something so fully formed and assured as this. Silica Bliss is the pairing of Melburnian Stephen McGlaughlin and Canadian Daniel Carr, who met busking the streets of Prague. Their resulting debut is an exalting collection of 12 sublime bits of pop.

Dan Carr’s vocals coruscate, sending one straight back to Pet Sounds; his melodies and harmonies are just stunning, particularly for an unsigned, debut artist. McGlaughlin contributes a large slab of the instrumentation, demonstrating both sensitivity and inventiveness in his arrangements, and the sound is further inflated by guest instrumentalists. The tracks are self-recorded and mixed by Doug Brady and the sound is rich and sensuous, an immediate attraction. And well, the songwriting is pretty damn strong too. I won’t be surprised if these guys have been snapped up by a major by the time you read this.

The Chronicle - Rebecca Te’o

Silica Bliss
Melbourne-based band Silica Bliss has released their self-titled debut album, and it is a cracker of a CD. Band members Daniel Carr and Stephen McGlaughlin have a history of busking over the globe (which, incidentally, is how they met up) and have now gathered up their best songs and presented them on a platter to us. And we’re the better for it.

There’s something Beatle-esque about these guys who actually aren’t strictly pop, or rock, or folk. Their originality is refreshing and their harmonies are perfect in the way the Beach Boys and Simon & Garfunkel got it right.

There’s a fragile solemnity (“If I Survive” & “Weightless”) which is countered by a vibrant, unrestrained style (“Popstar” & “Fire in My Belly”). Silica Bliss has given us a slice of just that - Bliss - with this collection of tracks.
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