Streets & Boulevards

In 2010 Silver Junkie released its first full length album called ‘Streets & Boulevards’. It’s a richly textured and stylistically varied record that effortlessly pilots the listener from one atmosphere to another. One can recognize ingredients from genres as tango, fado, flamenco, jazz, rock, blues and French chanson. While listening for the first time, you get the sense of leafing through a photo album graced with filmic snapshots. You might even think of ‘Streets & Boulevards’ as the soundtrack to an imaginary film. Each song is like a separate paragraph from the interior monologue of a poetic soul musing on the nature of love and life. One thing is for certain: to Silver Junkie the journey, not the arrival, matters.

‘Streets & Boulevards’ is a well-rounded piece of work that, ideally, should be listened to at one sitting. Between the opening track ‘Forbidden land’, sung by soprano singer Elise Caluwaerts, and closing number ‘Charlie’s Girl’, a surrealistic spoken word piece not unlike those by William Burroughs, we are presented with a collection of interrelated songs, cemented by Tino Biddeloo’s soothing voice. The sequence of the tracks is by no means accidental: Silver Junkie aims to tell a story, but does not necessarily do so in a linear manner. ‘Berlin’ deals with wanderlust and a hunger for life. ‘Herd of Clouds’ is literally a picture set to music and ‘Perfume’, which has already been playlisted by Belgian national radio, is a well-measured ode to indolence. Other tracks, such as spell-binding ‘Ophelia’ or ‘Better Days’ (the latter embellished with twangy guitars) sound just as meticulously crafted and pure. ‘Streets & Boulvards’ boasts a rich variety of instruments, ranging from violin and cello to bandoneon and horns and has been carefully assembled with attention to every shade of meaning.

‘Streets & Boulevards’ was almost completely recorded on a portable 8-track often at the musicians’ homes. The ambience of all these different spaces adds to the album’s particular character. “I never even considered limiting myself to one specific musical style”, Tino Biddeloo emphasizes. “With every song I write, I challenge myself to do something I’ve never done before. If you want to evolve as an artist and transcend your own limits, you should avoid repeating yourself.”

Silver Junkie Musicians: 
Tino Biddeloo: vocals, guitar, piano
Karen Willems: drums and percussion (Zita Swoon, Sofa)
Nik Phelps: klarinet, trumpet (Tom Waits, Frank Zappa)
Paul Pollmann: guitar, piano, bandoneon, silver flute
Nicola Lancerotti: Double bass (Brazuk)

Bio: Dirk Steenhaut