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"Sillyboy – Nature of Things "Album Review""

Ogni tanto dal panorama indipendente arriva una ventata di aria fresca pronta a catturare le orecchie di tutti gli ascoltatori in attesa di qualcosa di nuovo e differente dal solito.

In parte, questa breve premessa può essere riferita a un artista proveniente da Atene che si fa chiamare Sillyboy, a quanto pare grande fan di David Bowie.
Ebbene la Grecia non sta a guardare, nonostante tutto, e cerca di andare incontro al panorama indie e art-rock inglese ed americano.

Sillyboy, infatti, con l’album d’esordio “Nature of Things” riprende parecchio i generi sopra citati, realizzando un album di dieci tracce che, a primo impatto, potrebbe sembrare una vera accozzaglia di generi ed arrangiamenti.
“Nature of Things” è un album che scava nella vita di questo giovane artista greco che ama vagare tra più esperienze sonore e mettere alla prova la sua voce che, nel corso delle tracce, va in crescendo.
Un album discreto, schizofrenico e da ascoltare più volte per essere compreso. - Radionation (IT)


"Sillyboy – Nature of Things "Album Review""

Ogni tanto dal panorama indipendente arriva una ventata di aria fresca pronta a catturare le orecchie di tutti gli ascoltatori in attesa di qualcosa di nuovo e differente dal solito.

In parte, questa breve premessa può essere riferita a un artista proveniente da Atene che si fa chiamare Sillyboy, a quanto pare grande fan di David Bowie.
Ebbene la Grecia non sta a guardare, nonostante tutto, e cerca di andare incontro al panorama indie e art-rock inglese ed americano.

Sillyboy, infatti, con l’album d’esordio “Nature of Things” riprende parecchio i generi sopra citati, realizzando un album di dieci tracce che, a primo impatto, potrebbe sembrare una vera accozzaglia di generi ed arrangiamenti.
“Nature of Things” è un album che scava nella vita di questo giovane artista greco che ama vagare tra più esperienze sonore e mettere alla prova la sua voce che, nel corso delle tracce, va in crescendo.
Un album discreto, schizofrenico e da ascoltare più volte per essere compreso. - Radionation (IT)


"Sillyboy – Nature Of Things, pop nature "Album Review""

Parenti greci degli Holy Ghost di Wait & See, Sillyboy è unione di classicismo ellenico e immagine dandy inglese. Nel suono e nell’immaginario trasmesso.

Musica pop rarefatta, semplice, elegante, senza tante pretese perché adatta al riposo e all’ozio, rilassante quando un bagno termale, vaporosa quanto basta per sprofondare in un parco agrodolce di abbandono, stato di perdizione e consolazione.

Una foresta dai lunghi arbusti, terre acquee e mari solidi, nei primi ci si immerge e nei secondi si cammina. Un sonno dell’animo evasivo, dalle prigioni quotidiane, dalla routine caotica delle grandi città, che spinge molti ad abbandonare carriere, uffici, Starbucks, taxi per scappare in campagna, distanti chilometri e chilometri dalla civiltà, estenuante ed esausta.

Analogico, vegano, musicalmente sostenibile, eccessi appena accesi: sigarette brucianti, schiacciate dai piedi a metà del loro percorso infuocato. Canzoni così non lasciano il segno?
Invece timide tornano a mente: se il rock ‘n roll oltrepassa il frastuono, la dance risulta plastica, il jazz trambusto e l’hip hop dispersivo in migliaia di parole. Quello è il momento in cui pigiare play e ascoltare i Sillyboy. Particolarmente distinti in All The Records, TheRiver e Coast to Coast.

Dal testo di TheRiver

Down by the river I know
women are washing their hope
they all stand naked
and I’m feeling so close

L’immagine edonistica diventa quasi hippie, poco artificiosa e tirata, molto artistica e semplice. Altra caratteristica della musica del gruppo greco è il contatto con la nuda terra che riesce ad evocare, lieve e fine ovunque, polvere calpestata.

In Coast to Coast

This time I’ll get it right
I’ll pack my things
I’m driving coast to coast
and I’m not looking back
all those faces in my life
and if you wonder why
a single place
is not enough for me
you’ll break the spell one day
out of boundaries

La dimensione del viaggio trova chiara espressione, graffiante esaltazione: Nature Of Things oltre che viaggio musicale è viaggio personale. Una manciata di pezzi a comunicare la natura delle cose è insita in chi (la) ascolta. Scovarla o riscoprirla è fuggire delle pesantezze.

Liberi pesanti quanto l’aria. - Ilreferendum (IT)


"Sillyboy – Nature Of Things, pop nature "Album Review""

Parenti greci degli Holy Ghost di Wait & See, Sillyboy è unione di classicismo ellenico e immagine dandy inglese. Nel suono e nell’immaginario trasmesso.

Musica pop rarefatta, semplice, elegante, senza tante pretese perché adatta al riposo e all’ozio, rilassante quando un bagno termale, vaporosa quanto basta per sprofondare in un parco agrodolce di abbandono, stato di perdizione e consolazione.

Una foresta dai lunghi arbusti, terre acquee e mari solidi, nei primi ci si immerge e nei secondi si cammina. Un sonno dell’animo evasivo, dalle prigioni quotidiane, dalla routine caotica delle grandi città, che spinge molti ad abbandonare carriere, uffici, Starbucks, taxi per scappare in campagna, distanti chilometri e chilometri dalla civiltà, estenuante ed esausta.

Analogico, vegano, musicalmente sostenibile, eccessi appena accesi: sigarette brucianti, schiacciate dai piedi a metà del loro percorso infuocato. Canzoni così non lasciano il segno?
Invece timide tornano a mente: se il rock ‘n roll oltrepassa il frastuono, la dance risulta plastica, il jazz trambusto e l’hip hop dispersivo in migliaia di parole. Quello è il momento in cui pigiare play e ascoltare i Sillyboy. Particolarmente distinti in All The Records, TheRiver e Coast to Coast.

Dal testo di TheRiver

Down by the river I know
women are washing their hope
they all stand naked
and I’m feeling so close

L’immagine edonistica diventa quasi hippie, poco artificiosa e tirata, molto artistica e semplice. Altra caratteristica della musica del gruppo greco è il contatto con la nuda terra che riesce ad evocare, lieve e fine ovunque, polvere calpestata.

In Coast to Coast

This time I’ll get it right
I’ll pack my things
I’m driving coast to coast
and I’m not looking back
all those faces in my life
and if you wonder why
a single place
is not enough for me
you’ll break the spell one day
out of boundaries

La dimensione del viaggio trova chiara espressione, graffiante esaltazione: Nature Of Things oltre che viaggio musicale è viaggio personale. Una manciata di pezzi a comunicare la natura delle cose è insita in chi (la) ascolta. Scovarla o riscoprirla è fuggire delle pesantezze.

Liberi pesanti quanto l’aria. - Ilreferendum (IT)


"Sillyboy – Nature of Things "Album Review""

Grecia.

Durante l’antichità nominarla comportava -riducendo ai minimi termini- il riferimento ad un panorama socio-culturale di altissimo livello culturale tale da influenzare tutto il mondo occidentale. Un faro illuminante e condizionante autori, scultori e musicisti in tutto l’universo conosciuto. Ma cos’è, da un punto di vista culturale e musicale, la Grecia oggi? A parte ricordare gli antichi fasti, pochi sanno citare anche solo un musicista che provenga dalla terra degli Achei. Oggi Grecia è sinonimo di crisi e di scontri violenti, di rabbia e povertà. Oggi il simbolo della Grecia è quello dato dai palazzi di cemento che sembrano assediare la rocca dell’Acropoli, togliendole parte del suo immortale fascino.

Ciononostante, sotto il grigiore economico e culturale che sembra ammantare questa terra, non mancano giovani artisti spinti dalla volontà di far musica, come testimonia il caso di Sillyboy (pseudonimo dovuto alla passione per David Bowie, in riferimento a Silly Boy Blue): l’ateniese, già bassista della band The Expert Medicine, comincia la carriera da solista nel 2008, con la pubblicazione dell’album di debutto Played, considerato a suo tempo come una delle migliori uscite discografiche del panorama musicale greco. Ora, giunto alla sua seconda fatica (Nature of Things), Sillyboy manifesta di voler arrivare alle orecchie degli ascoltatori di tutta Europa (e anche di più). Ecco che quindi il nuovo LP è registrato ai Metropolis Studios di Londra, sotto l’esperto controllo di Stuart Hawkes (Amy Winehouse, These New Puritans, Prodigy) e sarà distribuito in Europa e negli Stati Uniti dalla EPM Music. L’album, la cui uscita è stata preceduta dal visivamente elegante ed estremamente allegorico videoclip di All the Records (girato dal conterraneo Stathis Mourdoukoutas, con cui aveva già collaborato) è composto da dieci tracce interessanti ma che non permettono di identificare una firma univoca del musicista. È evidente la necessità dell’artista di omaggiare i maestri della sua musica, che Sillyboy ha espressamente definito come “vintage pop”: fortunatamente gli ingredienti di Nature of Things sono di qualità, basti pensare alla magnetica title track che potrebbe essere (con le dovute differenze di timbro vocale) un pezzo dei Talking Heads.

L’album si apre con Name Your God, nevrotica e vagamente fastidiosa, una delle poche manifeste imperfezioni di Nature of Things tutta articolata sul falsetto del cantante e una batteria insistente. Sillyboy si fa però perdonare presto, con Coast to Coast, nella quale l’efficace melodia e la voce roca e baritonale (che ricorda il Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks dei newyorchesi Interpol) cullano ipnoticamente l’ascoltatore. Anche Selling Plenty e Got Your Numbers sono di facile ascolto anche se, come tutte le altre tracce, potrebbero essere il frutto di una qualsiasi band soft-rock inglese o nordamericana. Lo stesso vale per le discrete All the Records e Over my Name, prive però di quell’appeal che rende un album degno di essere raccomandato: la musica scorre leggera al primo ascolto, le canzoni si dimenticano in fretta, spesso le melodie sono prevedibili. Meglio con The River e il suo incedere lento e ammaliante, con cui la voce del cantante si fa piano piano strada in un crescendo che poi è ripreso dall’ultima canzone, Animal, in cui è evidente l’impronta di band come i Kings of Convenience nella voce sospirata e nella chitarra acustica come protagonista.

Nature of Things è quindi uno di quei lavori che, pur non deludendo completamente -in quanto effettivamente costruito con perizia e abilità-, manca totalmente dell’anelito a costruire qualcosa di nuovo, di stupire e stregare l’ascoltatore, al posto del quale c’è invece la forte volontà di allinearsi ad un trend che, se supportato dalle giuste tecniche promozionali, può garantire un mediocre quanto effimero successo. (6,3/10) - Outsiders (IT)


"Sillyboy – Nature of Things "Album Review""

Grecia.

Durante l’antichità nominarla comportava -riducendo ai minimi termini- il riferimento ad un panorama socio-culturale di altissimo livello culturale tale da influenzare tutto il mondo occidentale. Un faro illuminante e condizionante autori, scultori e musicisti in tutto l’universo conosciuto. Ma cos’è, da un punto di vista culturale e musicale, la Grecia oggi? A parte ricordare gli antichi fasti, pochi sanno citare anche solo un musicista che provenga dalla terra degli Achei. Oggi Grecia è sinonimo di crisi e di scontri violenti, di rabbia e povertà. Oggi il simbolo della Grecia è quello dato dai palazzi di cemento che sembrano assediare la rocca dell’Acropoli, togliendole parte del suo immortale fascino.

Ciononostante, sotto il grigiore economico e culturale che sembra ammantare questa terra, non mancano giovani artisti spinti dalla volontà di far musica, come testimonia il caso di Sillyboy (pseudonimo dovuto alla passione per David Bowie, in riferimento a Silly Boy Blue): l’ateniese, già bassista della band The Expert Medicine, comincia la carriera da solista nel 2008, con la pubblicazione dell’album di debutto Played, considerato a suo tempo come una delle migliori uscite discografiche del panorama musicale greco. Ora, giunto alla sua seconda fatica (Nature of Things), Sillyboy manifesta di voler arrivare alle orecchie degli ascoltatori di tutta Europa (e anche di più). Ecco che quindi il nuovo LP è registrato ai Metropolis Studios di Londra, sotto l’esperto controllo di Stuart Hawkes (Amy Winehouse, These New Puritans, Prodigy) e sarà distribuito in Europa e negli Stati Uniti dalla EPM Music. L’album, la cui uscita è stata preceduta dal visivamente elegante ed estremamente allegorico videoclip di All the Records (girato dal conterraneo Stathis Mourdoukoutas, con cui aveva già collaborato) è composto da dieci tracce interessanti ma che non permettono di identificare una firma univoca del musicista. È evidente la necessità dell’artista di omaggiare i maestri della sua musica, che Sillyboy ha espressamente definito come “vintage pop”: fortunatamente gli ingredienti di Nature of Things sono di qualità, basti pensare alla magnetica title track che potrebbe essere (con le dovute differenze di timbro vocale) un pezzo dei Talking Heads.

L’album si apre con Name Your God, nevrotica e vagamente fastidiosa, una delle poche manifeste imperfezioni di Nature of Things tutta articolata sul falsetto del cantante e una batteria insistente. Sillyboy si fa però perdonare presto, con Coast to Coast, nella quale l’efficace melodia e la voce roca e baritonale (che ricorda il Julian Plenti aka Paul Banks dei newyorchesi Interpol) cullano ipnoticamente l’ascoltatore. Anche Selling Plenty e Got Your Numbers sono di facile ascolto anche se, come tutte le altre tracce, potrebbero essere il frutto di una qualsiasi band soft-rock inglese o nordamericana. Lo stesso vale per le discrete All the Records e Over my Name, prive però di quell’appeal che rende un album degno di essere raccomandato: la musica scorre leggera al primo ascolto, le canzoni si dimenticano in fretta, spesso le melodie sono prevedibili. Meglio con The River e il suo incedere lento e ammaliante, con cui la voce del cantante si fa piano piano strada in un crescendo che poi è ripreso dall’ultima canzone, Animal, in cui è evidente l’impronta di band come i Kings of Convenience nella voce sospirata e nella chitarra acustica come protagonista.

Nature of Things è quindi uno di quei lavori che, pur non deludendo completamente -in quanto effettivamente costruito con perizia e abilità-, manca totalmente dell’anelito a costruire qualcosa di nuovo, di stupire e stregare l’ascoltatore, al posto del quale c’è invece la forte volontà di allinearsi ad un trend che, se supportato dalle giuste tecniche promozionali, può garantire un mediocre quanto effimero successo. (6,3/10) - Outsiders (IT)


"Sillyboy- Nature Of Things “Album Review”"

La Grecia. Chi come me ha frequentato il liceo classico la vede così: arte, immense costruzioni perfettamente equilibrate e simmetriche, dedicate alla devozione verso gli dei, potenti e irraggiungibili; poemi omerici e grandiose tragedie teatrali, condite di tutte le più importanti metafore di tutti i tempi; politici ed oratori che riunivano le folle e pronunciavano per la prima volta la parola “democrazia”.

Ma cos’è oggi la Grecia, agli occhi della maggior parte di noi? Chi dice Grecia dice Crisi. Quella con la C maiuscola, quella da cui non si scappa. E la musica che fine ha fatto? C’è qualcuno che sa fare un elenco di qualche artista greco conosciuto anche da queste parti? Qualcuno che magari potrebbe darci modo di vedere la Grecia anche come paese natale di qualche buona promessa del panorama musicale? Se fate parte delle persone (la maggioranza) che non sanno rispondere a questi interrogativi, vi aiuto io.
Direttamente dalla Grecia dei miti, di Omero e della Crisi, arriva Sillyboy, uno pseudonimo nato dalla passione per David Bowie dell’ex bassista del gruppo indie ateniese The Expert Machine. Sillyboy inizia a lavorare al suo progetto solista nel 2008 e il suo impegno viene premiato nel 2010 dall’uscita del suo primo album “Played”. La critica locale ne è esaltata: Played balza in cima alle classifiche dei migliori album greci. Il 24 settembre del 2012 viene distribuita la sua seconda fatica: Nature of Things. Le capacità di Art-rocker di Sillyboy danno vita ad un patchwork di suond, di qualità vocali e di stili musicali tutti differenti, a volte anche discordanti, che nel complesso creano un’opera un po’ “indecisa” ma che si fa ascoltare, che fa compagnia e che regala anche dei brani degni di nota.
L’album si apre con “Name your God”, imperfetta e a tratti fastidiosa per la costante presenza di falsetto nella voce del cantante, ma il sollievo non tarda ad arrivare: il bel timbro baritonale dell’artista ricomincia a farsi sentire in “Coast to Coast”, più piacevole ed orecchiabile. Anche i giri di basso, presenza costante all’interno di tutti i brani, risultano orecchiabili ma non scadenti. La grande attenzione alla parte strumentale fa sì che escano fuori dalla penna di Sillyboy brani molto interessanti, come “Nature of Things”, title track dal testo divertente che gioca sul rapporto con le donne e fa scappare un sorriso. Il brano più riuscito è senz’altro “The River”. All’inizio rimanda vagamente alla famosissima e usurata “Under the Bridge” dei RHCP ma col trascorrere dei secondi si trasforma in un fluire gentile e rilassante che mette in risalto il timbro vocale particolare e stregante, accompagnato da un arrangiamento di chitarre semplice ed efficace.
Da non perdere il videoclip di “All the Records”, ricco di contenuti metaforici volti a mostrare la confusione che spesso accompagna la vita e il bisogno frequente di mostrare in superficie un ordine che non rispecchia il nostro stato d’animo interiore.

Nel complesso “Nature of Things” è un album eclettico, un collage degli stili che insieme compongono il backgroud artistico di Sillyboy, un omaggio ad artisti che variano dai Dire Straits ai Talking Heads, dai Kings Of Convenience ai Franz Ferdinand. Consigliato alle personalità lunatiche ed indecise. E a chi vuol fare un salto nel panorama musicale greco, anche solo per tornare indietro e per rendersi conto che non è poi tutto questo granché. - Shiver Webzine (IT)


"Sillyboy- Nature Of Things “Album Review”"

La Grecia. Chi come me ha frequentato il liceo classico la vede così: arte, immense costruzioni perfettamente equilibrate e simmetriche, dedicate alla devozione verso gli dei, potenti e irraggiungibili; poemi omerici e grandiose tragedie teatrali, condite di tutte le più importanti metafore di tutti i tempi; politici ed oratori che riunivano le folle e pronunciavano per la prima volta la parola “democrazia”.

Ma cos’è oggi la Grecia, agli occhi della maggior parte di noi? Chi dice Grecia dice Crisi. Quella con la C maiuscola, quella da cui non si scappa. E la musica che fine ha fatto? C’è qualcuno che sa fare un elenco di qualche artista greco conosciuto anche da queste parti? Qualcuno che magari potrebbe darci modo di vedere la Grecia anche come paese natale di qualche buona promessa del panorama musicale? Se fate parte delle persone (la maggioranza) che non sanno rispondere a questi interrogativi, vi aiuto io.
Direttamente dalla Grecia dei miti, di Omero e della Crisi, arriva Sillyboy, uno pseudonimo nato dalla passione per David Bowie dell’ex bassista del gruppo indie ateniese The Expert Machine. Sillyboy inizia a lavorare al suo progetto solista nel 2008 e il suo impegno viene premiato nel 2010 dall’uscita del suo primo album “Played”. La critica locale ne è esaltata: Played balza in cima alle classifiche dei migliori album greci. Il 24 settembre del 2012 viene distribuita la sua seconda fatica: Nature of Things. Le capacità di Art-rocker di Sillyboy danno vita ad un patchwork di suond, di qualità vocali e di stili musicali tutti differenti, a volte anche discordanti, che nel complesso creano un’opera un po’ “indecisa” ma che si fa ascoltare, che fa compagnia e che regala anche dei brani degni di nota.
L’album si apre con “Name your God”, imperfetta e a tratti fastidiosa per la costante presenza di falsetto nella voce del cantante, ma il sollievo non tarda ad arrivare: il bel timbro baritonale dell’artista ricomincia a farsi sentire in “Coast to Coast”, più piacevole ed orecchiabile. Anche i giri di basso, presenza costante all’interno di tutti i brani, risultano orecchiabili ma non scadenti. La grande attenzione alla parte strumentale fa sì che escano fuori dalla penna di Sillyboy brani molto interessanti, come “Nature of Things”, title track dal testo divertente che gioca sul rapporto con le donne e fa scappare un sorriso. Il brano più riuscito è senz’altro “The River”. All’inizio rimanda vagamente alla famosissima e usurata “Under the Bridge” dei RHCP ma col trascorrere dei secondi si trasforma in un fluire gentile e rilassante che mette in risalto il timbro vocale particolare e stregante, accompagnato da un arrangiamento di chitarre semplice ed efficace.
Da non perdere il videoclip di “All the Records”, ricco di contenuti metaforici volti a mostrare la confusione che spesso accompagna la vita e il bisogno frequente di mostrare in superficie un ordine che non rispecchia il nostro stato d’animo interiore.

Nel complesso “Nature of Things” è un album eclettico, un collage degli stili che insieme compongono il backgroud artistico di Sillyboy, un omaggio ad artisti che variano dai Dire Straits ai Talking Heads, dai Kings Of Convenience ai Franz Ferdinand. Consigliato alle personalità lunatiche ed indecise. E a chi vuol fare un salto nel panorama musicale greco, anche solo per tornare indietro e per rendersi conto che non è poi tutto questo granché. - Shiver Webzine (IT)


"“MP3: Sillyboy – Supply Chain”"

I Sillyboy, band art-rock greca (Atene) dalle forte influenza post-punk e new-wave, pubblicherà a settembre il suo secondo disco dal titolo “Nature of Things” - Indie for Bunnies (IT)


"“MP3: Sillyboy – Supply Chain”"

I Sillyboy, band art-rock greca (Atene) dalle forte influenza post-punk e new-wave, pubblicherà a settembre il suo secondo disco dal titolo “Nature of Things” - Indie for Bunnies (IT)


"Sillyboy ‘Played’ "Album Review""

It’s not often that you’ll find us reviewing what is, in effect, an indie album. But then there aren’t many people making the kind of lo-fi electronic rock Andrew Weatherall would be proud of.

It’s shoe-gazy, it’s emotive and, as the likes of Argy and Richard Sen have proved with their support, it’s danceable. On top of that, the tracks were produced in Athens, mastered in London, and represent the sound of a rookie artist, and label. So here’s to the future, if this is anything to go by.

Shades of Jape are cast over plenty of the songs (yeah, that’s right, songs) here, and not least the subdued call to arms of the opening title track. All plucked guitars, sing-along words and gradual build; Time Is All Mine comes with a similarly addictive, upbeat yet thoughtful ethic. A little like a more live-sounding Passion Pit, if that reference means anything.

Heavier nods toward the 80s are present on the New Order-esque Thin Air, which contrasts the more guttural undertones found elsewhere. Sparkly Casio chords descend a wholly atmospheric mini-symphony of keys and strings. Though not alone on the album in terms of style, it’s the example wherein the electronica-elements of this intriguing Greek producer are realised to their full potential.

Other, as yet unmentioned highlights come in the form of the plodding, heartfelt closer You, the sing-along chart friendly success Modern Boys Modern Girls, and Death Before Disco‘s druggy vibes. It’s a worthwhile venture from a promising artist, so let’s just leave it with recommendations for fans of Captain Comatose, The Beta Band, Shit Robot and Matthew Dear to get on this release; original, innovative and refreshing - Plain & Simple (UK)


"Sillyboy ‘Played’ "Album Review""

It’s not often that you’ll find us reviewing what is, in effect, an indie album. But then there aren’t many people making the kind of lo-fi electronic rock Andrew Weatherall would be proud of.

It’s shoe-gazy, it’s emotive and, as the likes of Argy and Richard Sen have proved with their support, it’s danceable. On top of that, the tracks were produced in Athens, mastered in London, and represent the sound of a rookie artist, and label. So here’s to the future, if this is anything to go by.

Shades of Jape are cast over plenty of the songs (yeah, that’s right, songs) here, and not least the subdued call to arms of the opening title track. All plucked guitars, sing-along words and gradual build; Time Is All Mine comes with a similarly addictive, upbeat yet thoughtful ethic. A little like a more live-sounding Passion Pit, if that reference means anything.

Heavier nods toward the 80s are present on the New Order-esque Thin Air, which contrasts the more guttural undertones found elsewhere. Sparkly Casio chords descend a wholly atmospheric mini-symphony of keys and strings. Though not alone on the album in terms of style, it’s the example wherein the electronica-elements of this intriguing Greek producer are realised to their full potential.

Other, as yet unmentioned highlights come in the form of the plodding, heartfelt closer You, the sing-along chart friendly success Modern Boys Modern Girls, and Death Before Disco‘s druggy vibes. It’s a worthwhile venture from a promising artist, so let’s just leave it with recommendations for fans of Captain Comatose, The Beta Band, Shit Robot and Matthew Dear to get on this release; original, innovative and refreshing - Plain & Simple (UK)


"Review: Sillyboy - The Nature Of Things [Album]"

Overall Rating:56/100
When it's good - it's really good. Unfortunately this only accounts for half of the tracks including the title song. An air of relaxed cool brings the guitars, keyboards and soft vocals together in great songs like ‘Over My Name’, ‘The Nature Of Things’ and ‘The River’ that show Sillyboy’s best qualities.

'Name Your God', on the other hand, offers up some stark Post-Punk drumming and spooky organs that break into falsetto similar to Dillinger Escape Plan or Queens Of The Stone Age and has that same quiet menace to the music. - AltSounds (UK)


"Review: Sillyboy - The Nature Of Things [Album]"

Overall Rating:56/100
When it's good - it's really good. Unfortunately this only accounts for half of the tracks including the title song. An air of relaxed cool brings the guitars, keyboards and soft vocals together in great songs like ‘Over My Name’, ‘The Nature Of Things’ and ‘The River’ that show Sillyboy’s best qualities.

'Name Your God', on the other hand, offers up some stark Post-Punk drumming and spooky organs that break into falsetto similar to Dillinger Escape Plan or Queens Of The Stone Age and has that same quiet menace to the music. - AltSounds (UK)


"Greek LomoAmigo Sillyboy and His Fisheye No. 2 "Interview""

Our LomoAmigo Sillyboy from Athens, Greece is a vintage pop musician. Know more about him and his music and see his fisheye film photographs after the break! - Lomography


"Greek LomoAmigo Sillyboy and His Fisheye No. 2 "Interview""

Our LomoAmigo Sillyboy from Athens, Greece is a vintage pop musician. Know more about him and his music and see his fisheye film photographs after the break! - Lomography


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things (4,5/6)"

Sillyboy - Nature Of Things / Just Gazing Records / CD/LP

Der griechische Art-Rocker „Sillyboy“ veröffentlicht im September sein zweites Werk „Nature Of Things“ via Just Gazing Records. In Griechenland ist der junge Musiker und Multiinstrumentalist aus Athen bereits für die Musik in diversen Werbspots und TV Shows bekannt. Nun kehrt er zurück ins Studio um sein wahres Talent zu zeigen, nämlich das Schreiben von richtig guten und funkigen Pop Songs.

Bereits der erste Song „Name Your God“ überzeugt mit seinem, zu Beginn einsetzenden, sehr schwungvollen und komplexen Drumbeat. Eine ziemlich interessante Bassline, Synthieklänge und letztendlich ein melodiebegleitendes E-Gitarren Riff folgen. Im Studio ist Sillyboy der Chef. Jedes Instrument wird selber in die Hand genommen und nacheinander eingespielt. Und spätestens nach dem ersten Durchlauf wird einem klar, dass Sillyboy jedes Instrument wirklich hervorragend spielen kann. Glücklicherweise wird hier englisch gesungen - eine Platte auf Griechisch würde mich auch immer zu sehr an meinen letzten Gyros bei El Greco erinnern. Sein Sound hat etwas von Dream-Pop, New Wave und Shoegazer - jedoch mit wirklich interessanten funkigen Elementen.

Sillyboy wird wahrscheinlich mein griechischer Lieblingsmusiker - gleich nach The One And Only (Trommelwirbel) >> Mr. Costa Cordalis <<

4,5/6 Punkten (Kevin) - Scene2act (GE)


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things (4,5/6)"

Sillyboy - Nature Of Things / Just Gazing Records / CD/LP

Der griechische Art-Rocker „Sillyboy“ veröffentlicht im September sein zweites Werk „Nature Of Things“ via Just Gazing Records. In Griechenland ist der junge Musiker und Multiinstrumentalist aus Athen bereits für die Musik in diversen Werbspots und TV Shows bekannt. Nun kehrt er zurück ins Studio um sein wahres Talent zu zeigen, nämlich das Schreiben von richtig guten und funkigen Pop Songs.

Bereits der erste Song „Name Your God“ überzeugt mit seinem, zu Beginn einsetzenden, sehr schwungvollen und komplexen Drumbeat. Eine ziemlich interessante Bassline, Synthieklänge und letztendlich ein melodiebegleitendes E-Gitarren Riff folgen. Im Studio ist Sillyboy der Chef. Jedes Instrument wird selber in die Hand genommen und nacheinander eingespielt. Und spätestens nach dem ersten Durchlauf wird einem klar, dass Sillyboy jedes Instrument wirklich hervorragend spielen kann. Glücklicherweise wird hier englisch gesungen - eine Platte auf Griechisch würde mich auch immer zu sehr an meinen letzten Gyros bei El Greco erinnern. Sein Sound hat etwas von Dream-Pop, New Wave und Shoegazer - jedoch mit wirklich interessanten funkigen Elementen.

Sillyboy wird wahrscheinlich mein griechischer Lieblingsmusiker - gleich nach The One And Only (Trommelwirbel) >> Mr. Costa Cordalis <<

4,5/6 Punkten (Kevin) - Scene2act (GE)


"Sillyboy Shows Some Range, Versatility (7/10)"

Athen's indie rocker Sillyboy isn't afraid to show a little Mediterranean flare on his upcoming album Nature of Things, to be released September 24th. No song more bravely displays his unique pita, feta, and minor chordal flavor than "Name Your God."

"Name Your God" is every indie fan's dream. It has just a hint of synth to highlight spots, a driving and complex bass line, beachy guitar complete with extend solo, affected and diverse drums, low and mysterious vocals in the verse juxtaposed with high crooning vocals in the chorus, and just a smattering of Socrates and democracy. It's no surprise that the bass in particular champions the song, since Sillyboy got his start playing bass for Greece's king of indie, The Expert Medicine.

While it is a comparatively dialed down piece, Sillyboy's "Name Your God" is one to look forward to owning, as is Nature of God, out September 24. - In Your Speakers (US)


"Sillyboy Shows Some Range, Versatility (7/10)"

Athen's indie rocker Sillyboy isn't afraid to show a little Mediterranean flare on his upcoming album Nature of Things, to be released September 24th. No song more bravely displays his unique pita, feta, and minor chordal flavor than "Name Your God."

"Name Your God" is every indie fan's dream. It has just a hint of synth to highlight spots, a driving and complex bass line, beachy guitar complete with extend solo, affected and diverse drums, low and mysterious vocals in the verse juxtaposed with high crooning vocals in the chorus, and just a smattering of Socrates and democracy. It's no surprise that the bass in particular champions the song, since Sillyboy got his start playing bass for Greece's king of indie, The Expert Medicine.

While it is a comparatively dialed down piece, Sillyboy's "Name Your God" is one to look forward to owning, as is Nature of God, out September 24. - In Your Speakers (US)


"Sillyboy: Nature of Things "Album Review""

Skilled guitar and smooth vocals define Greek crooner, Sillyboy, and his music. Originally from Athens, Sillyboy has made indie art rock on the Just Gazing Label. Nature of Things, released September 24, 2012, is Sillyboy’s second album; Played, his first, came out in 2010 on the same label. According to the sparse information on Sillyboy, he took his stage name from the David Bowie song, “Silly boy blue.” He has also worked in the television and advertising industries, producing music. In my research, I couldn’t even find his given name.

In my brief time at Inyourspeakers, I’ve reviewed several solo artists. Most have been skilled musicians making unique sounds. Sillyboy’s music possesses similar elements, but I can’t help thinking Nature of Things is missing something.

The opener,"Name Your God," while solid in its construction, doesn’t build to anything special. Sillyboy utilizes his range as a singer with strong falsetto and deeper tones. The instrumentation, however, failed to catch my ear. The whole song is standard indie rock fare — good, but not great. The next few songs have a similar average sensibility about them. Sillyboy makes his voice echo a bit, emphasizes the drums, or throws in his falsetto for good measure. “Nature of Things” departs from the style of the first few tracks and sounds like something out of the ‘70s by Fleetwood Mac. The haunting line “love is like a ghost” repeats as the singer tells the story of unrequited love. The album peaks at “Nature of Things,” and the rest remains as ordinary indie rock. Sillyboy adds a few instruments here and there, and strips down the music in “The River” and “Animal.”

Compared to Played, this album combines more conventional elements of rock. Sillyboy’s first release is on the softer side and has a more varied sound. Played is more experimental; multiple genres exist in one album, including funk, jazz, rock, and pop.

Don’t get me wrong here, Sillyboy is definitely a talented musician and singer. Both of his records show that. Unfortunately, Nature of Things doesn't have the same experimental charm as Played. His style of indie rock in Nature of Things is adequate and well made, but it doesn’t strike me as unique. Potential for more genre-bending music exists in Sillyboy, and I have the feeling he’s still trying to find his sound. Sillyboy’s second album attempts to be an artful type of rock but comes up short; however, based on the differences between his albums, you can expect something new in his third. - In Your Speakers (US)


"Sillyboy: Nature of Things "Album Review""

Skilled guitar and smooth vocals define Greek crooner, Sillyboy, and his music. Originally from Athens, Sillyboy has made indie art rock on the Just Gazing Label. Nature of Things, released September 24, 2012, is Sillyboy’s second album; Played, his first, came out in 2010 on the same label. According to the sparse information on Sillyboy, he took his stage name from the David Bowie song, “Silly boy blue.” He has also worked in the television and advertising industries, producing music. In my research, I couldn’t even find his given name.

In my brief time at Inyourspeakers, I’ve reviewed several solo artists. Most have been skilled musicians making unique sounds. Sillyboy’s music possesses similar elements, but I can’t help thinking Nature of Things is missing something.

The opener,"Name Your God," while solid in its construction, doesn’t build to anything special. Sillyboy utilizes his range as a singer with strong falsetto and deeper tones. The instrumentation, however, failed to catch my ear. The whole song is standard indie rock fare — good, but not great. The next few songs have a similar average sensibility about them. Sillyboy makes his voice echo a bit, emphasizes the drums, or throws in his falsetto for good measure. “Nature of Things” departs from the style of the first few tracks and sounds like something out of the ‘70s by Fleetwood Mac. The haunting line “love is like a ghost” repeats as the singer tells the story of unrequited love. The album peaks at “Nature of Things,” and the rest remains as ordinary indie rock. Sillyboy adds a few instruments here and there, and strips down the music in “The River” and “Animal.”

Compared to Played, this album combines more conventional elements of rock. Sillyboy’s first release is on the softer side and has a more varied sound. Played is more experimental; multiple genres exist in one album, including funk, jazz, rock, and pop.

Don’t get me wrong here, Sillyboy is definitely a talented musician and singer. Both of his records show that. Unfortunately, Nature of Things doesn't have the same experimental charm as Played. His style of indie rock in Nature of Things is adequate and well made, but it doesn’t strike me as unique. Potential for more genre-bending music exists in Sillyboy, and I have the feeling he’s still trying to find his sound. Sillyboy’s second album attempts to be an artful type of rock but comes up short; however, based on the differences between his albums, you can expect something new in his third. - In Your Speakers (US)


"Nature Of Things "Album review""

Mark Knopfler with a different accent? Pet Shop Boys meets Dire Straits meets Billy Joel? I might be off my rockers trying to classify this one, but we know that’s hard when the style is distinctive yet the influences possibly many. The artiste featured in today’s blogpost is Athens based ‘Sillyboy’. The band name is inspired by the ‘David Bowie’ single ‘Silly Boy Blue’ and maybe that’s the place that my mind should have wandered to when I attempted to categorize the musical style of Sillyboy.

However, on hearing the album (Nature of Things), which I received via a nice and detailed facebook message a day or so ago, all I can say is there are far too many positives to remain caught in the mundane act of artiste classification. For starters, like all things human, I watched the video of their single ‘All the records’. The sound like most of the album is synthpop/britpop/soft-rock. It’s a great track which attempts to delve into the many parts of your psyche when you might be caught in the ever so seldom yet fascinating act of introspection. The video (posted above) is metaphorically superb and I don’t want to put in spoilers, but to me it was a great way of showcasing how we try to keep superficial order in our lives to try to conceal the chaos within. We might all dream that one day pigs might fly, but for now they are roasted :) ! I don’t know if the apple in the mouth of the pig was in any way signifying the iPhones/iPads everyone possesses today, but it may well be an unintended masterstroke as a sign of our times or the ‘Nature of Things’ today.

Now for the album, it starts with the upbeat song ’Name your God’, which is upbeat in tempo but obviously a bit downcast in its core message, where the strife involved in keeping you faith is questioned. I thought this was a great beginning and the track is:

The album progresses well with ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Selling Plenty’, which signify the phase of life when you stop complaining and thinking about the ‘Why Me questions’! The tunes are melodious, the songs well written and the vibe is almost effervescent. Then we come to the track whose video we posted above about ‘Introspection’!

After this we come to what I would describe as my favourite part of the album: and as always, it deals with the ever-mysterious species ‘Women’ who we love and sometimes love to hate. The title track deserves a special mention because it made me laugh out loud in a sort of helpless way. Read the lyrics at their bandcamp link and have a laugh yourself. For now, have a listen:

A couple of solid tracks follow in ‘Got your Numbers’ and ‘Over my Name’, and the album then moves on to a crescendo-like finish with the three tracks ‘The River’, ‘Supply Chain’ and ‘Animal’. Personally I loved way the intensity of intimate moments is captured in ‘The River’ and ‘Animal’. The River has a vibe which starts of like something slightly reminiscent of ‘Under the Bridge’ by RHCP but it progresses beautifully to a place I didn’t expect it to and for me is one of the best tracks on this album:

The drums on ‘Supply Chain’ are captivating and the lyrics bring a smile due to the parallels drawn between relationships and supply chains, but its the slow and tender ‘Animal’ which I applaud as it sarcastically finishes the album like cranberry sauce on your ‘roasted pork’. Dig In:

The album ‘Nature of Things’ is the second album by Sillyboy and will be out on September 24th via Just Gazing Records and through the distribution of EPM Music. Buy your copies then and for now stay tuned to the band via bandcamp and/or facebook

I wish them all the best and will now listen to their first Album! So long and thanks - Instant Filter (GE)


"Nature Of Things "Album review""

Mark Knopfler with a different accent? Pet Shop Boys meets Dire Straits meets Billy Joel? I might be off my rockers trying to classify this one, but we know that’s hard when the style is distinctive yet the influences possibly many. The artiste featured in today’s blogpost is Athens based ‘Sillyboy’. The band name is inspired by the ‘David Bowie’ single ‘Silly Boy Blue’ and maybe that’s the place that my mind should have wandered to when I attempted to categorize the musical style of Sillyboy.

However, on hearing the album (Nature of Things), which I received via a nice and detailed facebook message a day or so ago, all I can say is there are far too many positives to remain caught in the mundane act of artiste classification. For starters, like all things human, I watched the video of their single ‘All the records’. The sound like most of the album is synthpop/britpop/soft-rock. It’s a great track which attempts to delve into the many parts of your psyche when you might be caught in the ever so seldom yet fascinating act of introspection. The video (posted above) is metaphorically superb and I don’t want to put in spoilers, but to me it was a great way of showcasing how we try to keep superficial order in our lives to try to conceal the chaos within. We might all dream that one day pigs might fly, but for now they are roasted :) ! I don’t know if the apple in the mouth of the pig was in any way signifying the iPhones/iPads everyone possesses today, but it may well be an unintended masterstroke as a sign of our times or the ‘Nature of Things’ today.

Now for the album, it starts with the upbeat song ’Name your God’, which is upbeat in tempo but obviously a bit downcast in its core message, where the strife involved in keeping you faith is questioned. I thought this was a great beginning and the track is:

The album progresses well with ‘Coast to Coast’ and ‘Selling Plenty’, which signify the phase of life when you stop complaining and thinking about the ‘Why Me questions’! The tunes are melodious, the songs well written and the vibe is almost effervescent. Then we come to the track whose video we posted above about ‘Introspection’!

After this we come to what I would describe as my favourite part of the album: and as always, it deals with the ever-mysterious species ‘Women’ who we love and sometimes love to hate. The title track deserves a special mention because it made me laugh out loud in a sort of helpless way. Read the lyrics at their bandcamp link and have a laugh yourself. For now, have a listen:

A couple of solid tracks follow in ‘Got your Numbers’ and ‘Over my Name’, and the album then moves on to a crescendo-like finish with the three tracks ‘The River’, ‘Supply Chain’ and ‘Animal’. Personally I loved way the intensity of intimate moments is captured in ‘The River’ and ‘Animal’. The River has a vibe which starts of like something slightly reminiscent of ‘Under the Bridge’ by RHCP but it progresses beautifully to a place I didn’t expect it to and for me is one of the best tracks on this album:

The drums on ‘Supply Chain’ are captivating and the lyrics bring a smile due to the parallels drawn between relationships and supply chains, but its the slow and tender ‘Animal’ which I applaud as it sarcastically finishes the album like cranberry sauce on your ‘roasted pork’. Dig In:

The album ‘Nature of Things’ is the second album by Sillyboy and will be out on September 24th via Just Gazing Records and through the distribution of EPM Music. Buy your copies then and for now stay tuned to the band via bandcamp and/or facebook

I wish them all the best and will now listen to their first Album! So long and thanks - Instant Filter (GE)


"Sillyboy – All The Records"



Le trio grec nous épate. Sur All The Records, premier single d’une longue lignée, on retrouve leur exigence connue d’une formule pop-rock nourrie à l’indé, guitares précises et songwriting impeccable… mais on se réjouit encore plus de l’efficacité nouvelle des arrangements. Un retour aux armes accompagné d’un clip malin handmade mais subtilement persuasif. Le reste du morceau dévoile de nombreuses touches synthétiques épatantes au sein de lignes de guitares cristallines, d’émouvantes inflexions mélodiques évoquant la pop la plus inattendue de ce côté méditerranéen. J’ai les goûts les plus simples, disait Oscar Wilde : en tout je n’exige que le meilleur.

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"Sillyboy – All The Records"



Le trio grec nous épate. Sur All The Records, premier single d’une longue lignée, on retrouve leur exigence connue d’une formule pop-rock nourrie à l’indé, guitares précises et songwriting impeccable… mais on se réjouit encore plus de l’efficacité nouvelle des arrangements. Un retour aux armes accompagné d’un clip malin handmade mais subtilement persuasif. Le reste du morceau dévoile de nombreuses touches synthétiques épatantes au sein de lignes de guitares cristallines, d’émouvantes inflexions mélodiques évoquant la pop la plus inattendue de ce côté méditerranéen. J’ai les goûts les plus simples, disait Oscar Wilde : en tout je n’exige que le meilleur.

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"Single Reviews "Coast to Coast" 8/10"

Sillyboy – Coast to Coast

Well this is a bit of a welcome discovery. They may not have any bin men or civil servants but the good folks of Athens do have Sillyboy who apparently lives directly above a railway. There’s an arty video to accompany this quirky dEeus-like track in which Mr Boy demonstrates his dulcet tones, languid guitar compositions and funky bridges. 8/10
http://sillyboy.bandcamp.com - Tasty Fanzine (UK)


"Single Reviews "Coast to Coast" 8/10"

Sillyboy – Coast to Coast

Well this is a bit of a welcome discovery. They may not have any bin men or civil servants but the good folks of Athens do have Sillyboy who apparently lives directly above a railway. There’s an arty video to accompany this quirky dEeus-like track in which Mr Boy demonstrates his dulcet tones, languid guitar compositions and funky bridges. 8/10
http://sillyboy.bandcamp.com - Tasty Fanzine (UK)


"Video: Sillyboy – Coast To Coast"

Usually, I am writing about more international bands, festivals etc…But this song from Athenian art-rocker Sillyboy got stuck in my head!

Sillyboy inspired his artist name by the track of David Bowie, called “Sillyboy blue”.

In 2012 he released his second album titled “Nature Of Things”, which also includes “Coast To Coast”.

The video is wonderful too. Enjoy below! - Local Suicide (GE)


"Video: Sillyboy – Coast To Coast"

Usually, I am writing about more international bands, festivals etc…But this song from Athenian art-rocker Sillyboy got stuck in my head!

Sillyboy inspired his artist name by the track of David Bowie, called “Sillyboy blue”.

In 2012 he released his second album titled “Nature Of Things”, which also includes “Coast To Coast”.

The video is wonderful too. Enjoy below! - Local Suicide (GE)


"Sillyboy – Coast To Coast "Video Review""

Würde die Athener Band Sillyboy auf Gesang verzichten, könnte man bei Coast To Coast glatt davon ausgehen, dass es sich um ein Instrumentalstück von Pinback handelt. Was nicht bedeuten soll, dass Sillyboys tiefer Gesang nicht zu gefallen weiß. Im Gegenteil…

Das Video, produziert von Stathis Mourdoukoutas, ist recht neu – der Song hingegen schon was älter. Um genau zu sein knapp vier Monate. Am 24. Oktober erschien Nature of Things, das zweite Studioalbum von Sillyboy, auf Just Gazing Records. - Hey Magazine (GE)


"Sillyboy – Coast To Coast "Video Review""

Würde die Athener Band Sillyboy auf Gesang verzichten, könnte man bei Coast To Coast glatt davon ausgehen, dass es sich um ein Instrumentalstück von Pinback handelt. Was nicht bedeuten soll, dass Sillyboys tiefer Gesang nicht zu gefallen weiß. Im Gegenteil…

Das Video, produziert von Stathis Mourdoukoutas, ist recht neu – der Song hingegen schon was älter. Um genau zu sein knapp vier Monate. Am 24. Oktober erschien Nature of Things, das zweite Studioalbum von Sillyboy, auf Just Gazing Records. - Hey Magazine (GE)


"Sillyboy Indie Rock de Atenas"

Sillyboy é um rapaz Grego, nascido e criado na capital, Atenas, e que se está agora a preparar para lançar o seu segundo álbum intitulado Nature of Things. Agora que a data se está a aproximar, o músico está a fazer um empurrão final na direcção das publicações musicais, tendo revelado a primeira música do álbum há coisa de uma semana, intitulada “Name Your God”. Também deixamos aí um videoclip de “All The Records”, o primeiro single de apresentação ao registo.

A nós fez-nos lembrar Metronomy ou mesmo uns Capitão Fausto ingleses, mas melhor que nós ouvirmos, é vocês darem-nos a vossa impressão. Que é bom, é! - Punch! Magazine (POR)


"Sillyboy Indie Rock de Atenas"

Sillyboy é um rapaz Grego, nascido e criado na capital, Atenas, e que se está agora a preparar para lançar o seu segundo álbum intitulado Nature of Things. Agora que a data se está a aproximar, o músico está a fazer um empurrão final na direcção das publicações musicais, tendo revelado a primeira música do álbum há coisa de uma semana, intitulada “Name Your God”. Também deixamos aí um videoclip de “All The Records”, o primeiro single de apresentação ao registo.

A nós fez-nos lembrar Metronomy ou mesmo uns Capitão Fausto ingleses, mas melhor que nós ouvirmos, é vocês darem-nos a vossa impressão. Que é bom, é! - Punch! Magazine (POR)


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things Album review"

Hearing how musical projects came into being can often be reasonably routine, with many forming as school or university friends, or chance meetings of musicians who get talking over a pint, or even TV talent contests. It's always a nice surprise when the backstory is a break from the norm. Greek producer Sillyboy takes his name from the David Bowie track 'Silly Boy Blue' and 'Nature Of Things' will be his second album in this format. It was in 2008 that Sillyboy began, releasing his debut alum two years later. Before that he had worked for over a decade supervising and making music for TV advertisement campaigns (Justin Hawkings started out doing a similar thing, but don't worry, the similarity ends there) whilst keeping a jealous eye on the Athens indie scene that was where his heart really lay. After a spell playing bass for 'The Expert Medicine' he chose to concentrate on his own work.

As an album, 'Nature Of Things' is competent and likeable as opposed to anything truly stunning, with, as the title suggests, nature being a running theme; song titles include 'Coast To Coast', 'Nature Of Things', 'The River' and 'Animal'. Other than perhaps the odd lyric inspired by his surroundings and life in Greece, this album sounds as though it could be the work of any number of British or North American indie-rock bands, with all the lyrics being in English and recorded in the traditional rock band format. The odd shimmer of synth on tracks such as 'All The Records' is as exotic as we get, this is also one of the album's better tracks. There's nothing here that's particularly disappointing; each song is written and recorded to a decent standard, although you could argue that the lyrics get buried at the back of the mix a little too often, and that means the basic instrumental tracks often take centre stage.

It's here where the problem lies: the instrumental tracks are fine, they'd make a good backing for some strong vocals or memorable hooks, and it's these that are missing. Sillyboy needs to assert himself more on these songs and push them forward, give them some guts. Currently they're competently standing there awaiting orders to be deployed into action. There's the odd low point; the 80s slow-jam of the title-track could be a George Michael B-side, but it's followed by 'Get Your Numbers', a much more punchy and engaging tune, yet those vocals feel somewhat buried during the verse and could do with more clout. 'Over My Name' is dreamier and suits Sillyboy's production better, but overall 'Nature Of Things' is like taking a penalty kick and hitting the post. Just a few tweaks and his could be transformed from an OK album to a very good one, and maybe the only thing holding Sillyboy back is himself. - The Sound of Confusion (UK)


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things Album review"

Hearing how musical projects came into being can often be reasonably routine, with many forming as school or university friends, or chance meetings of musicians who get talking over a pint, or even TV talent contests. It's always a nice surprise when the backstory is a break from the norm. Greek producer Sillyboy takes his name from the David Bowie track 'Silly Boy Blue' and 'Nature Of Things' will be his second album in this format. It was in 2008 that Sillyboy began, releasing his debut alum two years later. Before that he had worked for over a decade supervising and making music for TV advertisement campaigns (Justin Hawkings started out doing a similar thing, but don't worry, the similarity ends there) whilst keeping a jealous eye on the Athens indie scene that was where his heart really lay. After a spell playing bass for 'The Expert Medicine' he chose to concentrate on his own work.

As an album, 'Nature Of Things' is competent and likeable as opposed to anything truly stunning, with, as the title suggests, nature being a running theme; song titles include 'Coast To Coast', 'Nature Of Things', 'The River' and 'Animal'. Other than perhaps the odd lyric inspired by his surroundings and life in Greece, this album sounds as though it could be the work of any number of British or North American indie-rock bands, with all the lyrics being in English and recorded in the traditional rock band format. The odd shimmer of synth on tracks such as 'All The Records' is as exotic as we get, this is also one of the album's better tracks. There's nothing here that's particularly disappointing; each song is written and recorded to a decent standard, although you could argue that the lyrics get buried at the back of the mix a little too often, and that means the basic instrumental tracks often take centre stage.

It's here where the problem lies: the instrumental tracks are fine, they'd make a good backing for some strong vocals or memorable hooks, and it's these that are missing. Sillyboy needs to assert himself more on these songs and push them forward, give them some guts. Currently they're competently standing there awaiting orders to be deployed into action. There's the odd low point; the 80s slow-jam of the title-track could be a George Michael B-side, but it's followed by 'Get Your Numbers', a much more punchy and engaging tune, yet those vocals feel somewhat buried during the verse and could do with more clout. 'Over My Name' is dreamier and suits Sillyboy's production better, but overall 'Nature Of Things' is like taking a penalty kick and hitting the post. Just a few tweaks and his could be transformed from an OK album to a very good one, and maybe the only thing holding Sillyboy back is himself. - The Sound of Confusion (UK)


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things"


Petit coup de pub aujourd'hui pour le deuxième album de Sillyboy, Nature of Things qui sera disponible le 24 septembre.

Cet artiste athénien nous propose dix pistes plutôt pas mal. Son rock assez classique lorgne vers la folk de temps à autre : une guitare conciliante, une voix relax, une bass solide, on en demande pas plus. L’album est très homogène et s’écoute facilement en une seule fois. Une petite préférence pour Nature of Things où l’on apprécie la voix ferme du grecque, et Over My Name avec ses légers synthés en écho.

Enfin une bonne nouvelle de Grèce…

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A little support for Sillyboy and his second album Nature of Things, which will be available the 24th of September. The Athenian Art-rocker proposes ten nice new tracks. His classic rock is sometimes eyeing to folk: a compliant guitar, a cool voice, a solid bass sound, we ask no more. A slight preference for Nature of Things and Over My Name. - Vocododo (FR)


"Sillyboy - Nature Of Things"


Petit coup de pub aujourd'hui pour le deuxième album de Sillyboy, Nature of Things qui sera disponible le 24 septembre.

Cet artiste athénien nous propose dix pistes plutôt pas mal. Son rock assez classique lorgne vers la folk de temps à autre : une guitare conciliante, une voix relax, une bass solide, on en demande pas plus. L’album est très homogène et s’écoute facilement en une seule fois. Une petite préférence pour Nature of Things où l’on apprécie la voix ferme du grecque, et Over My Name avec ses légers synthés en écho.

Enfin une bonne nouvelle de Grèce…

?

A little support for Sillyboy and his second album Nature of Things, which will be available the 24th of September. The Athenian Art-rocker proposes ten nice new tracks. His classic rock is sometimes eyeing to folk: a compliant guitar, a cool voice, a solid bass sound, we ask no more. A slight preference for Nature of Things and Over My Name. - Vocododo (FR)


"Sillyboy - Griechischer Artrock"

Keine Ahnung, was ich mir nun genau unter „Artrock“ vorstellen soll, jedenfalls machte mir das Label Justgazing der griechischen Ein-Mann-Band Sillyboy deren Musik mit diesem Begriff schmackhaft. Bezüge zu David Bowie sollen auch vorhanden sein. Auf jeden Fall klingt sowohl die Single «All the records» wie auch der kostenlos herunterzuladende Track «Supply chain» sehr gut – die Single geht mehr in die atmosphärische Richtung und erinnert mich etwas an Gusgus, während der andere Song mit deutlich mehr Gitarre zu gefallen weiß. Beide sind auf dem im September erscheinenden 2. Album «Nature of things» zu fnden. - Coast is Clear (GE)


"Sillyboy - Griechischer Artrock"

Keine Ahnung, was ich mir nun genau unter „Artrock“ vorstellen soll, jedenfalls machte mir das Label Justgazing der griechischen Ein-Mann-Band Sillyboy deren Musik mit diesem Begriff schmackhaft. Bezüge zu David Bowie sollen auch vorhanden sein. Auf jeden Fall klingt sowohl die Single «All the records» wie auch der kostenlos herunterzuladende Track «Supply chain» sehr gut – die Single geht mehr in die atmosphärische Richtung und erinnert mich etwas an Gusgus, während der andere Song mit deutlich mehr Gitarre zu gefallen weiß. Beide sind auf dem im September erscheinenden 2. Album «Nature of things» zu fnden. - Coast is Clear (GE)


"Sillyboy: Supply Chain"

It was a happy accident when I found this artist this morning. Usually I could listen through tracks all day and nothing really stands out, but there was something about this track right away that I liked, and then the voice had me hooked. I wanted to hear more from this artist. Sillyboy is a musician from Greece and from what little I could find about him on the web, he’s a bass player, which would explain a lot of the great bass lines in his tracks, and he used to write and produce music commercially before trying his own songs. Hopefully those years honing his song writing skills will pay off, and in my opinion from listening I think his skill as a song writer clearly shows.

Inevitably he may get some comparisons to Joy Division or Interpol because of the bass, but I think if you listen closer there is a lot of subtly to his songs that make them unique. There’s definitely more of an 80's pop rock vibe to some of his tracks, and I love his voice, it’s smooth and deep but he has range.

Give his music a listen on his myspace page or read more about Sillyboy on Just Gazing Records.

Enjoy the track Supply Chain, check out my other favorite All the Records on his soundcloud page as well. - Ear Plugs not included (US)


"Sillyboy: Supply Chain"

It was a happy accident when I found this artist this morning. Usually I could listen through tracks all day and nothing really stands out, but there was something about this track right away that I liked, and then the voice had me hooked. I wanted to hear more from this artist. Sillyboy is a musician from Greece and from what little I could find about him on the web, he’s a bass player, which would explain a lot of the great bass lines in his tracks, and he used to write and produce music commercially before trying his own songs. Hopefully those years honing his song writing skills will pay off, and in my opinion from listening I think his skill as a song writer clearly shows.

Inevitably he may get some comparisons to Joy Division or Interpol because of the bass, but I think if you listen closer there is a lot of subtly to his songs that make them unique. There’s definitely more of an 80's pop rock vibe to some of his tracks, and I love his voice, it’s smooth and deep but he has range.

Give his music a listen on his myspace page or read more about Sillyboy on Just Gazing Records.

Enjoy the track Supply Chain, check out my other favorite All the Records on his soundcloud page as well. - Ear Plugs not included (US)


"has a great name, a great video and an ear for creating dark shuffling grooves that worm their way deep inside you."

Athenian songwriter Sillyboy has a great name, a great video and an ear for creating dark shuffling grooves that worm their way deep inside you. His second album is dropping soon. - Shiny Shiny New (UK)


"has a great name, a great video and an ear for creating dark shuffling grooves that worm their way deep inside you."

Athenian songwriter Sillyboy has a great name, a great video and an ear for creating dark shuffling grooves that worm their way deep inside you. His second album is dropping soon. - Shiny Shiny New (UK)


""The Best of 2012""

TVD’s Press Play:
The Best of 2012
Kitten – Cut It Out
Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Cub Scouts – Do You Hear
Lightouts – The Big Picture
Sillyboy – Supply Chain - Vinyl District (US)


""The Best of 2012""

TVD’s Press Play:
The Best of 2012
Kitten – Cut It Out
Weird Dreams – Little Girl
Cub Scouts – Do You Hear
Lightouts – The Big Picture
Sillyboy – Supply Chain - Vinyl District (US)


""Video of the week" Vinyl Video: Sillyboy, “All the Records”"

Last week on my personal Facebook page I was lamenting the absence of anything of quality from a new (or new to me) band in my mailbox—then along came Athens’ (as in Greece, not Georgia) act Sillyboy with two tracks I couldn’t get out of my head this weekend. - Vinyl District (US)


""Video of the week" Vinyl Video: Sillyboy, “All the Records”"

Last week on my personal Facebook page I was lamenting the absence of anything of quality from a new (or new to me) band in my mailbox—then along came Athens’ (as in Greece, not Georgia) act Sillyboy with two tracks I couldn’t get out of my head this weekend. - Vinyl District (US)


"“Coast to Coast” is like an out-of-body experience – one that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not made of stone."

What starts with the bold lettering, orange-y filters and crisp style of a Levi’s ad soon gets very weird in Athenian art-pop singer Sillyboy’s latest video, directed by Stathis Mourdoukoutas. Despite the large scale of its name, “Coast to Coast” really focuses in on one girl’s body – in a very non-sexual, object-like way. Concentrating on her back, her hair, her un-moving stare, Stathis’ video paints a both visceral and inhuman picture of a person slipping, stumbling, and drowning in an un-emotive state that reads one part detachment and one part depression. But even though you can’t help but assign some kind of emotion to the video’s central character, the whole series of events is just as much about space, texture, and the body as a statue – it could almost be silent.

Applied to such a captivating series of images, Sillyboy’s song is relegated to soundtrack status. Still, the crashing and circular rhythm sets the perfect pace for the moody, liquid video, driving each cut from scene to scene and adding a sense of motion that keeps everything seamless. Less a music video than a video with music, “Coast to Coast” is like an out-of-body experience – one that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not made of stone. - Impose Magazine (US)


"“Coast to Coast” is like an out-of-body experience – one that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not made of stone."

What starts with the bold lettering, orange-y filters and crisp style of a Levi’s ad soon gets very weird in Athenian art-pop singer Sillyboy’s latest video, directed by Stathis Mourdoukoutas. Despite the large scale of its name, “Coast to Coast” really focuses in on one girl’s body – in a very non-sexual, object-like way. Concentrating on her back, her hair, her un-moving stare, Stathis’ video paints a both visceral and inhuman picture of a person slipping, stumbling, and drowning in an un-emotive state that reads one part detachment and one part depression. But even though you can’t help but assign some kind of emotion to the video’s central character, the whole series of events is just as much about space, texture, and the body as a statue – it could almost be silent.

Applied to such a captivating series of images, Sillyboy’s song is relegated to soundtrack status. Still, the crashing and circular rhythm sets the perfect pace for the moody, liquid video, driving each cut from scene to scene and adding a sense of motion that keeps everything seamless. Less a music video than a video with music, “Coast to Coast” is like an out-of-body experience – one that makes you want to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not made of stone. - Impose Magazine (US)


Discography

"Played" LP 2010
"Played" The Remixes EP 2010
"Nature Of Things" LP 2012

Photos

Bio

Sillyboy lives in a old detached house, above railway network, in a working-class suburb of Athens, called "Kokkinos Mylos". The term "above" was gained over the years, especially after the latest construction projects of the municipality, that brought trains "almost" inside his lounge, "by" the console and “next” to the speakers. This railway peculiarity is the trademark of the home studio "Medicine", a peculiarity which could one easily find in many aspects of Sillyboy. From urban music and temperamental lyrics, to bass grooves, rhythmic vintage-pop and at times art-rock orchestrations.
The sound of the passing trains make him feel like he is travelling and the vibrations like he is constantly changing tunes. Just like way back in the '90 where he decided to quit his conventional job to work entirely with music. A choice that guided him to this neighborhood were everything make sense. He begins composing original music for TV commercials, shows and movies while he is recording and producing records for others and himself, which brought him to his first album titled “Played”. The sound of the album could be described as soulful – vintage pop with bits and pieces of synth elements. Throughout his different stations, performing the first album live, he records his second album “Nature Of Things”. The sound now changes to more guitar based melodies, nostalgic lyrics but still with a vintage mood similar to his previous work.
The trains are still passing by his house, but that does not bother him anymore, nor his cat that he calls “Mud”. Nature of things on the other hand is something that will surely bother him a lot, until his next “stop”.