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LE SILO

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Le Silo, are a 3-piece band from Japan, that play a widely influenced blend of demanding prog rock, which mostly takes the form of RIO and avant-jazz, with punk-rock stylistics, which is not only captivating, but well played. By no means is their sound entirely original, but the musicianship is of a high quality and they do indeed have some very excellent and surprising moments too. Their punk stylistics are evident and with Miyako's links to Yoshida Tatsuya, then it is obvious they are influenced by Ruins and Koenjihyakkei and most likely Boredoms and Happy Family as well. Non-Japanese bands they are likely influenced by, include Univers Zéro, Present, French TV, Samla Mammas Manna and Miriodor. Originally starting life as Miyako (presumably named after Miyako Kanazawa), a punk orientated band; they eventually changed their style and their name to Le Silo, (some of their tracks have French titles too), presumably in honour of the French and Belgian bands that most likely influenced them. The members of the band - Yoshiharu Izutsu (guitar and voice); Michiaki Suganuma (drums and voice) and Miyako Kanizawa (piano) - released their debut album "8.8" in 2004 on the Tutinoko label in Japan. Miyako is also a member of Koenjihyakkei (keyboards and voice) alongside Ruins and Daimonji drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, who also produced "8.8".

If you enjoy the Japanese avant-prog scene and bands such as Ruins and Koenjihyakkei, you'll enjoy Le Silo. If you enjoy bands such as Univers Zéro, Present, Sammla Mannas Manna, Guapo, Ahvak and Absolute Zero, you'll also likely enjoy Le Silo. Also liking zeuhl will help you with your chances of liking them also. They are definitely recommended for those who want something different to the norm.

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4.13 | 32 ratings
8.8
2004
4.03 | 13 ratings
3.27830
2006

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 3.27830 by SILO, LE album cover Studio Album, 2006
4.03 | 13 ratings

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3.27830
Le Silo RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Moderator / Psych / Avant / Neo Teams

4 stars More enjoyable than the previous '8.8', I feel!

This is the second work by three flexible soundmasters, playing as if they could jump toward another (outer) world. I guess they should play just as they could think and feel at that time...we can feel their pleasant feelings deeply. Be remarkably amazed that they could play more heavily, more powerfully, and more completely. One of the important points is, I think, they should be absolutely natural to play and sing, without any awkwardness or artifice. Therefore we may accept such an avantgarde stuffs...yep at least I do feel so. Anyway, look at the back of the sleeve. What smiley smiles they have...with full of pleasure!

At Clucking, two roosters and a hen named LE SILO might hand the work over to three dogs named LE SILO. :-P Three dogs enjoy Fascinating Travel To Hawaii with fascinating plays and titters. Ah feeling exotic flavour in Hawaii, and the flavour can let them be purely childlike on the warm sea. For lots of Japanese, travel to Hawaii is a fantastic dream. Their dream may come true and this song can be born...in this album. Next track can show three dogs playing with each other...exactly Behavior Of The Dogs. Miyako's piano is as heavy (playing also bass part) as usual and the battle (ah, no hostility) between Michiaki's drums and Yoshiharu's guitars is terrific. Make Sure Not To Disturb Me By Knocking The Door On Sunday Afternoon (Call Knock For Short)'s sounds should be just the same as the title itself! :-) Can you feel you understand them clearly...really? Hahhaha, I dunno. Indeed I may be angry (like the song) if you wake me up in the Sunday afternoon. Honestly. Numazapa 2 is a song with impressive and graceful piano sounds, and heavy and strong trio like espresso coffee. This instability or inconstancy is comfortable for me. An experimental rap music is Le*xture...for all musical genres fans...hip hop, heavy rock, metal, classic & jazz, and of course progressive rock fans! Even in this song each member can fully enjoy. Great! Dancing Snake and A Abandoned Town again can remind us their flexibility and sharp vision. Well can we see in our mind a dancing snake without any explanation or annotation? :-D And can we feel the loneliness and sadness in our mind town? :-D Must laugh out loud listening to 94k2 - Reminding Me Of Osaka! Ah, sorry...because I'm really an Osakan man. For them, born and living in Tokyo, Osaka should be ANOTHER WORLD, I suppose. They show the eccentricity of Osaka with a food named KUSHIKATSU - a broiled cutlet on a skewer. Oh I see...I guess they be amazed and shocked at Osaka atmosphere and humanity...the shocks should get to be their shout in the track. (On the contrary, I, an Osakan guy, should NOT be surprised at Tokyo itself...hahhaha, just kidding. :-P ) About interesting songs I wanna say: In Alternative Le Silo 1~3 each exchanges his/her instrument and plays as he/she wants to. Their funky and freaky acts are really warm and wonderful!

Let's listen, enjoy, laugh, and keep your heart warm! Highly recommended from Osaka. :-P

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 8.8 by SILO, LE album cover Studio Album, 2004
4.13 | 32 ratings

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Le Silo RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by DamoXt7942
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4 stars As Yosuke Yama[&*!#]a, one of famous Japanese pianists, has said, please let me say 'Damn who's the gang!?' Oh, don't misunderstand...I'm so glad to meet the gang LE SILO. :-)

Like as a toy box - Le Soleil is absolutely a masterpiece. Three soundmasters can throw various toys up toward us listeners. My first listening to this song could make me shiver with amazing. Indeed Miyako's dancing piano, Michiaki's jazzy and flexible drums, and Yoshiharu's sharp and straight guitar sounds are all terrific. We have no suspicion they should be skilled and talented. However, at least for me, the most worthiest gems to praise of all should be LE SILO's adventurous mind and the spirit of inquiry. Through the whole album, heavy beats and waves with piano, guitar and drum sounds they spun out in quick succession. Well it doesn't mean their sounds be only heavy and avantgarde. Trust me but the sounds can remind me Red by KING CRIMSON. Furthermore, KC in the second period should have needed heavy rhythm sections by Bill and John, but LE SILO can play without bass sounds! Because Miyako's piano can play the role of rhythm sections with bass and drums, I consider. Exactly her piano is full of bold adventure. And surprisingly her voice melting in their songs is very pretty and mischievous, but so strong and impressive into my bone and marrow. LE SILO can fly not only in a local area or a countryside but all over the progressive world.

Extremely fresh, freaky, selfish and crazy music 8.8 can mosh on your turntable!

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 8.8 by SILO, LE album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Le Silo RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Atavachron
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Avant Garde trio Le Silo arrived in 2004 with '8.8' and revealed a phenom of a band, supporting the mounting evidence that Japan has not only fully arrived as a progressive player but is at the forefront of what Prog does best; taking a path through underexplored territory. Painfully complex and generating a constant flow of top-notch dissonance and steep angles, Miyako Kanazawa's piano mastery, Michiaki Suganuma's fierce skins and Yoshiharu Izutsu's screeching guitar somehow bring chaos together with order in a most East meets West way. Precise flurries, spontaneous eruptions and plenty of magic, all on hand here.

Suganuma's cowbell signals the opener 'Soleil', a dizzying intro to these three maestros' music which will either immediately excite or alienate you to this extraordinary band-- beautiful, silky 20th Century classical rubs elbows with Leonard Berstein, George Gershwin, and some madman rock fusion. It gives way to 'Enormous Trees With the Holy Spirit', a marvel of timing and arrangement. 'Oseaux' is even more challenging with headsplitting direction changes and intense free-mania. 'The Doctor's Helicopter' is dramatic and recalls Keith Emerson's pomp with Rachmaninoff's class. In fact, all the cuts on this album are brilliant examples of what these artists are doing and is yet another jewel in the Rising Sun's prog crown. One of the best records of 2004.

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 8.8 by SILO, LE album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Le Silo RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Syzygy
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4 stars This is a highly enjoyable slice of mainly instrumental contemporary Japanese prog. Pianist and main composer Miyako Kanazawa also plays in the Zeuhl band Koenjihyakkei with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins), who produced this album and also appears as guest vocalist, and there's a discernible Yoshida influence in the stop/start arrangements and abruptly shifting time signatures, but Le Silo have their own sound and agenda. Perhaps the best description is on Chris Cutler's ReR website, which refers to this album as post prog.

The instrumental palette is quite basic - piano, electric guitar and drums with occasional vocal interludes - but the trio are sufficiently accomplished musicians to sound like a much bigger ensemble. The absence of bass isn't generally that noticeable - Miyako executes some dazzling left hand runs when the guitar takes the lead, while the drummer has the jazz player's knack of keeping the pulse of a piece beating without ever explicitly stating the rhythm, and fills in the gaps with some deft fills on the tom toms. The guitar sound is generally fuzzy, although the tone and phrasing occasionally recall Phil Miller in the glory days of the Canterbury sound, and this gives the album a hard rocking edge which acts as a reminder of the band's roots in the Japanese punk/hardcore scene. The album was recorded in a single day (the recording date was the 8th of August, which is where the title came from) and there are no obvious overdubs, except perhaps some of the vocals; from the sound of it, most of the tracks were first or second takes performed live in the studio.

Not everything on the album comes off perfectly, and the 60 minute playing time could perhaps have been trimmed a little to a leaner, harder 50 - 55 minutes, but this is a minor quibble. The overall standard of the writing and playing is extremely high, and most listeners will be amazed at the imagination, skill and precision in evidence here. Strongly recommended.

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