The motivation behind Silberman's first solo album may have been born of necessity; the singer/guitarist recorded these eight tracks after suffering from hearing impairment that lead to temporary deafness in one ear. Retreating to the quiet confines of Saugerties, NY, Silberman began to regain his hearing, opting to write songs that would feature hushed guitar strums and whispered melodies. The results show the oft-dramatic vocalist crafting some of his most meditative and emotional songs to date, as the high drama is cleverly delivered through pained phrasings and gently cinematic instrumentation.
Joined by faint bass, drums and synths, tracks like the post-rock-structured "Karuna," the gentle lullaby "Gone Beyond" and the haunted, echo-drenched "Ahisma" prove that the true cores of Silberman's songs are what ultimately drive them. He possesses both the imagination and the vulnerability to make Impermanence work and — more importantly — to make it matter. (Anti)