The Scott Silipigni Band “Carriage House Chronicles” (Kawari Records 2007)
The door is open, step right on in…
Scott Silipigni might not be a familiar name and its certainly one that’s not going to trip off the tongue easily but you would be well advised to practice your pronunciation because, if there is any justice in the world, this guys name is going to be on everyone’s lips. Or tips of tongues at the very least. Imagine, if you will, Josh Rouse with Ryan Adam’s drinking habits fronting the Jayhawks going through a Replacements tribute album. Never straying very far from the firmly mid-tempo this album is all about the phrasing – that certain tight but loose feel that hits the spot, musically speaking, every time. Everything is present and correct musically speaking – the obvious (strummed guitars, solid bass, ‘touch’ drumming), the expected ( some horns, some steel guitar) and the interesting (clavinova? Melodica?) not to mention some nice keyboards and the odd harmony vocal. This really does tick all the boxes and you could do worse than make it your ‘summer’ Americana record of choice.
This is Silipigni’s second record and apparently there were a good number of songs that didn’t make the cut for this one. In which case the future looks very bright for these guys operating out of Philadelphia (specifically the Carriage House studios of the title).
Date review added: Monday, April 16, 2007
Reviewer: Paul Villers
Related web link: www.scottsilipigni.com