Apparently Ken Griffin doesn’t look upon his time in Rollerskate Skinny with much fondness—the press kit for Dead City Sunbeams describing the defunct group as a “shining catastrophe” from which Griffin was “liberated.” In Griffin’s new incarnation as Kid Silver, he has produced a rather melancholy record (not a bad thing), laced with a bit of early Britpop (“Hey Trespasser”), moody, loungey soundscapes (“67 Cities of Light”), a touch of synth-drenched goth (“My Electric Sky”), and a dose of off-kilter, debonair, Divine Comedy-style lounge pop (“Dead City Sunbeams”). Liberated may just be the best way to describe Griffin’s current effort, as he has grown beyond the psychedelic pop of his earlier band to enlarge the palette from which he creates his haunting tunes.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
"PopMatters (est. 1999) is a respected source for smart long-form reading on a wide range of topics in culture. PopMatters serves as…READ the article