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Cast In White

by Silica Bliss

Music that leaves a mark on the listener's soul.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Save The Day
3:45 $0.99
2. Last Thought Standing
3:47 $0.99
3. Precious
4:23 $0.99
4. Cast In White
4:15 $0.99
5. This World
3:13 $0.99
6. Your Life
4:00 $0.99
7. Special
3:21 $0.99
8. Lost And Found
3:05 $0.99
9. No Time
3:17 $0.99
10. Everything I Need
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Album Notes
Silica Bliss’ latest album, Cast in White, is rightfully earning the kudos it deserves. A serious, melancholic album, with songs that reward patience and persistence, its themes of intimate risks not taken, moments not treasured, consequence, enduring hope, compassion and forgiveness, aims to leave a mark on the listener’s soul.

At Silica Bliss’s creative heart lies Canadian, Dan Carr and Australian, Steve McGlaughlin. It’s Dan’s melodic, vulnerable voice that both guides and comforts the listener’s journey through the songs, whilst Steve’s thoughtful guitars and keyboards provide the rich, sonic layering. Melody and lyric writing duties are shared (they are collaborators in the truest sense) and there’s not a song on Cast in White that hasn’t been fed through and touched by both their life experiences.

Like most bands, Silica Bliss, owes much to their own influences and musical heroes. ‘To me Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire are the ultimate bands’, says Steve ‘inspired writing, groundbreaking approaches, brilliant playing. To get near them, that’s always the aim.’

‘We have the same musical taste’, says Dan ‘but I suppose it’s hard to go past the bands that made me dream of being a musician: The Smiths, Bowie, The Cure.’

Silica Bliss’s musical journey, began in Czechoslovakia just as the 1991 Velvet Revolution was in full swing. As the Iron Curtain lifted, Prague had one beautiful summer, where the mood was electric and free, but prices were still communist (that is, dirt cheap). As word spread, Prague became a mecca for an incredible number of young backpackers and travellers.

‘We were just playing R.E.M, Petty and the other usual busking suspects on the main bridge,’ says Dan ‘it was just that 600 people used to hang out and watch us each night and give us money.’ ‘You want travelling musician Utopia, well, we were lucky enough to find it,’ backs up Steve.

Not that Dan and Steve didn’t have musical ambitions before their experience (Dan was lead singer in Toronto band, The Sea, which attracted major label interest, and included Michael Kulas who went on to join Manchester’s James) but this just added rocket-fuel to the dream.

Silica Bliss’ big breakthrough came in the form of digital home studios. With the time to create the music that came naturally to them, the Silica Bliss sound (‘crafted, harmonically rich pop gems’ according to Inpress Magazine) was born.

The first result of this change, was their 2001 self-titled debut album. ‘We didn’t know what to expect’ says Steve ‘we just sort of made it and sent it out.’ But the response was immediate, unequivocal and extremely positive. ‘The phone just started ringing,’ says Dan ‘it was best-case scenario.’ Radio stations started playing much of the album and there was a truckload of rave reviews.

“Silica Bliss… 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 their splendid piece of art… a true vision of greatness.” Xpress.

“…their debut is an exalting collection of 12 sublime bits of pop.” Inpress

“A stunning, self-produced debut…” Addicted to Noise

‘Making albums is addictive,’ says Dan ‘so we moved straight onto album number two.’ But with side projects getting in the way - Steve became a comedy writer and Dan worked on such films as ‘Ghostrider’ & ‘Crackerjack’ it ended up taking much longer than they expected.

After the more ethereal debut, one of the aims for Cast in White was for a more pronounced bottom end. For this Silica Bliss recruited two of Australia’s most gifted rhythm players. Classically trained Oscar Kaiser, a Spaniard, provided the drums. ‘I think it’s the Spanish thing, he’s such an up, positive guy, and loves to vibe things up.’ While the bass came courtesy of Andy Papadopoulos (Deborah Conway), a fixture of the Melbourne indie scene. ‘He’s an amazing talent,’ says Steve ‘if he was in London, he’d be one of the most in-demand session musos going around.’ ‘We were very lucky to have them both,’ says Dan.

When Cast in White was eventually finished, Silica Bliss was determined to find the right record company. Almost immediately they caught the ear of indie legend, In-Fidelity’s Bruce Milne. ‘Bruce had been extremely supportive of us when he was with EMI,’ says Steve ‘so when we were ready, we dropped him a CD.’ As it happened the timing was perfect, as Bruce had just released the very successful Datsuns’ debut, and was looking to sign bands. ‘I loved their debut, so I didn’t need any convincing,’ says Bruce. The deal was done with In-fidelity Records, and was followed soon after with a publishing deal with Sony/ATV.

‘We hope our songs endure, not offer three minute, fast food-style satisfaction,” says Steve. ‘Hopefully they have a timeless quality, that will linger in people’s minds.’

‘We’re deeply proud of this album,’ says Dan ‘it was difficult to make, but was worth it. It’s who we are.’

Enjoy the bliss.



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Dave Griffiths - Mediasearch

Cast In White
Silica Bliss haven’t only delivered one of the sweetest albums of the year with ‘Cast In White’, they have managed to deliver one of the sweetest albums ever released. Seriously, these guys are what would happen if you took all the best qualities of bands like The Beatles, Radiohead and Sigur Ros and mixed them all together.

‘Cast In White’ goes very close to be the perfect album. Just how good Silica Bliss are hits you straight away with track 1. ‘Save The Day’ feels like you are listening to a guilty pleasure. It is so smooth that you could simply just drift off with it… I’m pretty sure it’s a sin for pop rock to sound this great. The smoothness continues on ‘Last Thought Standing’ which sees Silica Bliss create some interesting instrumental experimentation which ends in a near-electronic sound.

But it is ‘Precious’ that will make you fall in love with Silica Bliss. Dan Carr has an amazing voice, literally a voice of an angel. It his voice that makes ‘Cast In White’ such an ethereal masterpiece, and then he makes the beautiful love song, ‘This World’ even better by delivering vocals not dissimilar to Billy Corgan at his softest.

As the album goes on the music just gets better. ‘Everything I Need’ is just about the sweetest love song you will ever hear, while ‘No Time’ is the perfect rock song. It has the most beautiful melodies and vocals that a music fan is ever likely to hear. Silica Bliss don’t even put a foot wrong when they step up with a little bit of grunt on ‘Lost And Found’. Silica Bliss live up to the hype that has surrounded the release of ‘Cast In White’. This is an amazing album… a musical masterpiece. They simply don’t do anything wrong on this album… it is ten tracks of absolute bliss.

Paul Smith - Sydney Morning Herald

Cast In White
Did you hear the one about the Canadian and the Australian who went into the recording studio? They came out with a second album full of beautifully arranged songs that either wear the frown of melancholy or the grin of melody. The vocal is often reminiscent of Thom Yorke in Radiohead’s OK Computer era as it appears to hang in the air, pouring emotion out into the rhythms and instrumentations below.

Vanessa Almond - Coffs Harbour Independent

Cast In White
Why we love it… The second offering from Dan Carr (vocals) and Steve McGlaughlin (guitar/keys) and featuring Oscar Kaiser on drums and Andy Papadopoulos on bass is a bittersweet, lyrical journey with a melodic and moving delivery. There’s no screaming here – nor is any necessary – just clear, clean sounds accompanied by rich and diverse lyrics that capture the range of human emotion perfectly. In the era of loud, overmastered noise, this album is a powerful reminder that beautiful music will always have its place. Destined to be both an instant summer favourite and a timeless classic, ‘Cast in White’ is the latest must have for music loving souls everywhere. Grab it.

Isis Symes - Townsville Bulletin

Cast In White
Did you hear the one about the Canadian and the Australian who went into the recording studio? They came out with a second album full of beautifully arranged songs that either wear the frown of melancholy or the grin of melody. The vocal is often reminiscent of Thom Yorke in Radiohead’s OK Computer era as it appears to hang in the air, pouring emotion out into the rhythms and instrumentations below.

Silica Bliss is Canadian vocalist Dan Carr and guitar/ keyboard player Steve McGlaughlin, both now based in Melbourne.

Before I knew this, though, I listened to the first song on the CD and assumed the lead vocalist was female.

Now that’s not an insult. Like the extraordinary Tracey Chapman as a deep, rich and masculine voice, Dan has an amazingly sensitive, spiritual and feminine voice.

The duo’s second album features 10 songs ranging from classic pop to soft guitar numbers, all featuring amazing vocals and guitar skills.

The first track, ‘Save The Day’, is beautiful and sets the high standard of the nine other songs to come on the album, including the gorgeous ‘Precious’, ‘Your Life’, ‘Special’ and the title track, ‘Cast In White.’

Rip-In Magazine - Renae Powell

Cast In White
Silica Bliss is back with a brand new album "Cast In White". Following the success of their self-titled debut album Canadian Dan Carr (vocals) and Australian Steve McGlaughlin (guitar and keyboard) return with more melancholic lyrics in a Brit-pop style. The sound lies somewhere between The Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel with a touch of The Cure. Danʼs voice has the power to draw tears with songs such as “Save The Day” and “Precious”. Steve adds his own rich and melodic flair through guitar and keyboard creating a soothing yet powerful layer that takes the listener to places beyond human capabilities.
Song and melody-writing is shared and this is evident by the mixture contained in the lyrics as they each relate their own life experiences. Steve lists his influences as Radiohead, Sigur Ros and Arcade Fire, which enabled him to create his own style of melody. Dan croons like his favourite artists The Smiths, David Bowie and The Cure in this melancholic journey through human emotions. Adding to the spice that makes up this great album is Spaniard Oscar Kaiser on drums and indie bass guitarist Andy Papadopoulos from Melbourne. The album will fit in perfectly well with a collection of soft-rock and Brit-pop such as The Cure and The Beatles.

Charlotte George - The Loop

Cast In White
There is something deceptively reassuring and accessible in Dan Carr’s bell-like voice that assures the listener they are in for an easy journey with ‘Cast in White’. However behind and underneath this lies a dense murky layering which manifests itself in deep sea-like surges of something more real. Warnings of risks not taken, and moments not treasured are cased in desperate crashing waves of crescendo balanced by dreamlike verses of lessons to be learnt.

Vocals from a world of magic; full of a fairytale quality, carry deceptively simple lyrics of haunting messages through songs conscious of regret yet resigned to hope. Each song begins as simple and clear before building up with a powerful surge to a painfully satisfying anthem-like chorus of protest and frustration from childlike beginnings. Refreshing splashes into deeper octaves and fearless dives of stronger guitar reassure us that there is more being said here than it seems. And it is perhaps this strength, and this confidence, of offering only glimpses into something more raw that invites the listener to look deeper.

These songs are sure of themselves, yet over flowing with the elements and the unknown. Silica Bliss creates a complex longing; a bitterness to the sweetness, a knowingness in the naivety, a sinister warning in the hope, a wisdom in the child-like voice.

Matt Ryan - Buzz Magazine

Cast In White
Melbourne band Silica Bliss have released their second album. The two piece band have no real musical genre you could classify them under, but with several influences which include Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Sigur Ros, you could gather what they sound like. ‘Your Life’ is the album’s highlight, a sweet little tune that will stick with you all day and will want you to hear it all the time. Other tracks include ‘No Time,’ ‘Lost and Found’, and ‘Special.’ ‘Cast in White’ is an album that does take risks, and for that Silica Bliss should be applauded.’