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morceau du jour: Silent Rider – Beggar

More winter music. And Silent Rider actually is a bit of a phenomenon. He totally sounds like a group of people, but it's actually the solo project of Reed Kackley from Brooklyn. Just stumbled upon his debut album going through my download folder - and it turns out Reed has been emailing Poule d'Or for over a year. Shame on La Poule!

Silent Rider actually did start out as a duo and with a cover a TV On The Radio song in summer 2011. It was only earlier this month though that Silent Rider - now on his own - released a debut album. Twelve tracks of really great sort of downtempo electronic pop. Super good. And totally free to download from his website here. Below is one of his first solo songs Beggar. The album also features earlier works co-produced by his then-band-mate Michael Santiago.

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Also, Silent Rider just released this beautifully shot video for the instrumental track Peace Of Mind. It was directed by Philippe Grenade at FortuneFilms in New York. And the 16mm black and white video is more of a short film really - "a dream-like journey following a man's haunting pilgrimage into the afterlife". Beautiful. Watch.

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