FLORIZONA - THE SILOS The 10th studio album by The Silos. A swan song to the memory of the late Drew Glackin, The Silos' well loved bassist who passed away in 2008. This beautiful album was originally released in 2011.
The songs on Florizona are sparse in the manner of Raymond Carver short stories, unspoken ellipses like makeshift sutures holding their insides intact. The personas Walter Salas-Humara employs tease at autobiography, which merely creates intermediate levels of narrative. And like the best who’ve come before him -- Lou Reed, Bob Dylan or whoever you'd care to insert here -- his songs and albums function best as installments of a single continuous body of work, much as the details of “Sister Ray” or “Heroin” spill over into Coney Island Baby or Street Hassle, or “Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands” circles around to Desire. Florizona continues in that fine and honorable tradition.
Walter Salas-Humara and the moveable feast of Silos belong in the company of those musicians whose work partakes as heavily of the literary tradition as it does of harmony and rhythm: Lucinda Williams, carrying on the family business from her poet-laureate father Miller Williams; Alejandro Escovedo, as likely to be found these days in theatrical venues as on a concert tour; slumming poets like David Berman of Silver Jews or Stephen Malkmus of Pavement; sweeping historical Pointillists like the Decemberists; or novelist Jonathan Lethem, with whom Salas-Humara has released one album’s worth of songs and spoken-word material under the name I’m Not Jim and is finishing a second. Original release: March 2011 Sonic Pyramid.
Produced by Rod Hohl and The Silos. Recorded by Don Piper, The Silos, and The Silos Family. Mixed by Mario McNulty. Mastered by Dave McNair.
The Silos: Walter Salas-Humara, Konrad Meissner, Rod Hohl, Jason Victor, and Bruce Martin.
The Silos Family: Amy Allison, Michelle Anthony, Sam Bisbee, Randy Franklin, Mike Hoffmann, Steve McAllister, Jeff Muendel, Charlie Salas-Humara, Gary Sunshine, Whit Williams, and Dan Wilson.
Cover Photos by John Eder. Band Photo by Delissa Santos. Drew Photo by Debbie Williams. Package Design by Sheila Sachs.
This album is dedicated to the amazing life, extraordinary times, and everlasting memory of Drew Glackin.