Helmed by Benjamin Lee Phillips and De’Mar Hamilton, Silverlake Psychics are fusing glistening new-wave and shimmering dream-pop with unmistakable Los Angeles cool.
On their pristine new four-song EP (mixed by Andrew Miller of the Dum Dum Girls), the duo’s pushy beats lay the groundwork for layers of glassy guitars and opulent, sweeping synths; they’re cinematic soundscapes concentrated into pop numbers. Phillips, the group’s lead vocalist, shines as the host of the best party you’ve ever been to, his lyrics toeing the line between pure heart-on-the-sleeve honesty and Hollywood shallowness, his unparalleled knack for delivering a melody that can get seared into your subconscious sitting at the forefront. Like New Order or Cocteau Twins or the Stone Roses before them, SLP make music for a dream sequence, for the sunrise at the tail end of the fried afterparty, or for making memories—weather they’re pure nostalgic joy or depraved darkness. Take a ride with Silverlake Psychics; you won’t forget it. ~ Luca Cimarusti, Chicago Reader