Review: The Silk War "Slender Slander" Single
Written by Jessie Wells
Independent New York City female-fronted rock band The Silk War is set to release their debut album Come Evening on May 14, 2021. Luckily, they’ve granted us a taste of what this album will hold with the release of the single “Slender Slander.” Upon first listen and without viewing the music video, one may think the song was pulled straight from the 80’s, with its synth elements and grunge guitar. Lead singer Alexandra Blair’s darker tone is reminiscent of a cross between Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga, a captivating combination.
When reading further into the lyrics and the music video the listener will recognize that the song has incredible depth, tackling the frustration that comes with gun control (or lack thereof) in America. The song itself was written in response to the Parkland school shooting. The video follows a young woman traveling through a city pausing in front of government buildings with intermittent cuts to statistics on gun violence, the band performing the number, and footage from real world gun violence tragedies.
Though the message of the video is potent and the content a necessary topic of discussion, the video demands a trigger warning. With the lighting effects and frequent shifting between visuals the video may not be suitable to those with photosensitive epilepsy. It also wouldn’t hurt to mention the use of authentic footage as viewers may have personal ties to the events pictured.
All in all, the song is well written and authentically produced. It will be exciting to see what’s in store for the full length album.
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