☘︎ Silica Gel’s Wooden Shoe LP
New Clear Vinyl + digital download :: 11 songs ::
hand assembled photo-print & silkscreened jacket with insert
Wooden Shoe is a playful concoction that warps folk song elements into kaleidoscopic new forms.
The album spins like a cart wheel, traversing a richly varied sonic terrain, moving both forwards and
backwards in time. The sounds are ancient yet futuristic….wurlitzer organ, mandolin and autoharp
combine with bent circuits and digital artifacts in a song cycle that progresses like a hauntological play.
On this their second album, Silica Gel deepen their exploration of art song by using elements of clapping
games, round songs, hockets, vaudeville and folk balladry to fill out a thoroughly hand crafted songbook.
All along, the enchanting voices of Laura and Lauren weave harmonies around the listener like the
dreamy revolution of a glowing carousel.
“Describing Silica Gel's Wooden Shoe is like trying two place to magnets together. Words can get close but the sounds seem to move away just when a connection is near.....Silica Gel transitions with pendulum motion, each track a sweeping smooth swing in another direction. For example, "Fog" to "Steamboat Joe", the most angelic and traditional high choir piece to a jangle of strings and playful story telling ballad. The last track and the longest, "Coming Age" is the most melodic and connective to its medieval foundations. Still, Silica Gel is ready to pounce, easily turning a page to blurred futuristic sound waves.” - Lost In A Sea of Sound