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The River EP


Feb 14, 2011 Bookmark and Share

The Montréal-based DJ and electronic-music-guru, Michael Silver (better known as CFCF), has garnered much attention over the last few years as one of North America's most gifted remix artists. After CFCF won the Crystal Castles remix competition with his take on "Air Wars," Silver's talents as a remixologist were called upon by tons of indie heavyweights, such as Sally Shapiro, The Presets, HEALTH, Hearts Revolution, and many others. In 2009, CFCF released one of the year's better electronic albums, Continent, which served as notification that not only can Silver eloquently re-imagine what's already been done (see his cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Big Love"), but he can compose and produce music on his own just as well.

In order to tide followers over before the delivery of a full-length sophomore album, CFCF has released a six-track EP called The River. In many ways, The River sounds like supplemental material to Continent, such as the gorgeous and thoughtful keyboard arrangements on "Before And After Light" and "It Was Never Meant To Be This Way." Then other times it heads in altogether different, edgier, directions; such as on The Velvet Underground-inspired guitar-drone-drenched "Upon The Hill." While The River lacks an immediate standout close to Continent's "Big Love," it still strikes an incredible aesthetic balance between Silver's love affair with 1980s keyboard music and his forward-thinking, restrained, and sparse electronica know-how. (

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