2 Oct 2023

Remember Me? | Join | Recover
Click here to sign in via social networking

Silk Cut - Album Review: Our Place In The Stars

22 Feb 2023 // A review by Peter-James Dries

Like Prometheus nicking fire, so too has Silk Cut’s Andrew Thorne stolen from the gods.

In a figurative sense of course. And that sense being, when you’re employed to play the Kiwi legends’ songs for them, you’re bound to learn a few new tricks you can use yourself.

And that’s definitely the case here. Silk Cut’s Our Place in the Stars is peppered with the familiar structures, tones, and nuances that catapulted the likes of Dave Dobbyn, Bic Runga, and the Finns further than a marketing team could ever throw them. It’s no small coincidence that Thorne has played for and with them.

You can regurgitate the best parts of the nation’s best artists all you want, but no one is going to eat it. Here though, the past is but the seasoning. The meat of the meal is what Silk Cut does with these references. The hardest part of appropriation is adding your own twist and owning it, and Silk Cut have pulled it off.

In feat achieved by only David Bowie before them, Silk Cut have put a panda in an astronaut suit and flung it in space. Like a piece of modern art, they’ve taken the familiar and put it somewhere you wouldn’t expect to find it. It’s Bic Runga’s Drive orbiting Mars. It’s Sir Dave Dobbyn’s Slice of Heaven in a tinny capsule on its way to Jupiter. These nostalgic, earthy, quintessentially Kiwi sounds, made to reverberate and expand in every direction. Space-age shoegaze, with a whole lot less fuzz. Atmospheric and introspective, one part soundtrack, one part journey, on a whole a new classic.

To quote Bic Runga’s quoting of Sir Dave Dobbyn; “as soon as you try to make a hit album you get all messed up – you’ve got to make yourself happy.” And I feel like that’s what Silk Cut has done here. They’ve made the music they want to make. Music that wouldn’t be a hit in the modern music industry. In the past though… Our Place in the Stars would be a BBQ staple for drunk middle class uncles. Thankfully, there are still curmudgeons like me that pine for the old days, and albums like this.

Later in that quote, Bic says “It’s such a permanent thing, recording a piece of music.” The idea of the permanence of music is as old as that quote, and as permanent as music is now. Which is not permanent. Music is now a temporary distraction during a TikTok. Songs are the skin you shed as you grow.

Keeping one foot in the past, back when music was good, back when it was engineered to be more than the backdrop to a TikTok, was a good move considering everything that’s come since my own personal taste freeze in the early 2000's. Because I can see me listening to this again, and for many years to come. A new Kiwi staple.

Five of five stars.

You can find Our Place in the Stars on the Silk Cut Bandcamp, or you can go see them at the Thirsty Dog on Friday, 24 Feb 2023. If it’s still there, and you’re reading this before that date.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Silk Cut

Looking to avoid ‘difficult third EP’ syndrome, Auckland band Silk Cut make their next release a full album, which is scheduled for release on 22 February 2023.

Apropos of the scheme of things it is entitled Our Place in the Stars.

Leading the band is guitarist, vocalist, and main songwriter Andrew Thorne. Aidan Phillips keeps to bass and backing vocals. One fine drummer replaces another, whereby Jayden Lee takes the place of Mike Burrows. Just in time to save a tidy riff from the dustbin with a great vocal and guitar is Justin McLean, making a seamless and satisfying joint composition with Andrew on track 2.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Silk Cut


Our Place In The Stars
Year: 2023
Type: Album

Other Reviews By Peter-James Dries

Yurt Party - Album Review: Yurt Party
07 Sep 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
It sure isn't summer, and this is really not the Balkans, but Yurt Party’s new self-titled album refutes that. Back with another one of them Balkan rocking beats, Yurt Party’s debut is jazzy, erratic, and full of zest and energetic grooves, with flavour notes of ska, dub, and bergamot.
day13n - Album Review: /7/13/7/
06 Aug 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
I’m too old for this world. We’ve devolved to the point where music is only as good as the soundtrack to your 10 second TikTok, and the thirty thousand copies recycling the idea.
The New Existentialists - Single Review: Invocation
16 Jul 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
The New Existentialists, a doom metal band known for their dark and atmospheric soundscapes, have just… Wait a minute… No. The New Existentialists are really not a doom metal band, and they’re really not known for their dark soundscapes… They’re more known as stalwarts of a bygone era.
Samuel Philip Cooper - Album Review: Journey to Sobriety
01 Jun 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
Samuel Philip Cooper sits on the brink of social media stardom, with videos of his belting out pop music piano covers from behind a pair of thick spectacles racking up views and likes on Insta. Little do any of the mindless doom scrollers swiping through his reels know, but percolating behind his eye brows is the very key to their very salvation.
Raw Collective - Single Review: Simple Times
09 May 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
I’m not here to list off Raw Collective’s pedigree. Where they come from, where they’ve been, where they are, and where they’re going.
Coridian - Album Review: Hava
07 Mar 2023 // by Peter-James Dries
Journalism’s meant to be objective, right?  No playing favourites.
Shadowcaster - Single Review: Friends
18 Dec 2022 // by Peter-James Dries
I sometimes wonder how performers choose their stage names. Is Trent Graham, Shadowcaster’s ringleader, taller than average?
0800 Belly Up - Single Review: Kick Ons
28 Nov 2022 // by Peter-James Dries
If you feel you would enjoy punk rock better if they showered more often and put a bit more effort in, then this is the band for you. If you love shouting back at bands when they yell lyrics at you, then this is the song for you.
View All Articles By Peter-James Dries

NZ Top 10 Singles

    Doja Cat
    Kenya Grace
    Tate McRae
    Dave And Central Cee
    Taylor Swift
    Olivia Rodrigo
    Teddy Swims
View the Full NZ Top 40...
muzic.net.nz Logo
100% New Zealand Music
All content on this website is copyright to muzic.net.nz and other respective rights holders. Redistribution of any material presented here without permission is prohibited.
Report a ProblemReport A Problem