As Silversun Pickups set out to conclude their nearly 10 year journey with Dangerbird Records they also gear up to release The Singles Collection out February 25th. The Singles Collection is comprised of singles release over their past 10 years with Dangerbird along with one new release, “Cannibal.” Listening to The Singles Collection in its entirety was quite an experience to say the least and it’s amazing how all these songs make a great aesthetically collective album.
It’s rare to find a band who can keep making new music but stay true to their sound and musical style, and that is exactly what SSPU showcase in The Singles Collection. Over the past 10 years Brian Aubert’s uniquely eerie voice coupled with their deep and dark lyrics have transcended their fans into an emotional abyss. “Kissing Families” off their 2005 EP Pikul starts off this collection with “Well Thought Out Twinkles” and “Little Lovers So Polite” off 2006’s Carnavas building up the middle. These two songs are filled with raw instrumentals and can be a bit hard to listen to with dubbed out guitar riffs. The Singles Collection is also filled with radio hits like “Lazy Eye,” “Panic Switch” and my personal favorite “The Pit”. Their new single “Cannibal” closes out the album and is vaguely reminiscent of “The Pit,” opening up emotional questions and closets for its listeners.
While the band has no immediate plans of producing a new album, in a recent interview done earlier this year by Rolling Stone, Aubert stated, “We’ll start working on the next album when we all come to the conclusion that it’s time. We never know when that’ll be, but personally, I hope it’s sooner than later. I have a lot of weird ideas that need to come out.” Like Brian, we hope it’s sooner than later, but until then at least we have The Singles Collection to keep our ears busy!
The Singles Collection is available February 25.
Review by Jaclyn Tamura