Turin Brakes and the “quiet is the new loud” anthem. A message for the new generations?
In past times rock music always offered a soundtrack to allow people to act and recognize themselves in a movement to change things. In those periods, rock gave messages of rebellion (does someone remember Rage Against The Machine?) or the chance to create an ideal world (what about the west coast sound and the hippy movement?).
Well, the bad news is that nowadays it has abdicated his role and it has not political messages to spread over new generations. This is the real rock-defeat, the only reason why you could say “rock is dead”. But there is a good news. And it is indie-folk-rock and its performers, as Turin Brakes. I mean, they come from the times of New Acoustic Movement, born in the early 2000 to express the aesthetic position of “quiet is the new loud”. Bands like Kings of Convenience thought that in a global mess you could only find the right answer in tranquility and personal isolation. And that music should be the soundtrack of this self-protective position.
Turin Brakes, the Uk band formed in 1999 by Olly Knights and Gale Paridjanian, have always followed this path, with delicate folk songs innervated by vigorous folk guitars and a powerful drums base. From The Optimistic LP (2001), their real and never repeated masterpiece, from the last issue of Lost Property (January 2016, on Cooking Vinyl) they have been the paladins of quietness, nostalgia and a positive attitude towards life.
So what is the meaning of “quiet is the new loud” after 15 years? That in this actual world of violence and fear the answer is to grow “the seeds of love”. From a aesthetic vision it has become the only message that rock can give nowadays. Listening to the brilliant release of Lost Property is a confirm. Songs like “96”, with the guitars spreading with a west coast attitude and a nostalgic theme, the sweet brightness of “Keep me around”, one of the best tracks of this part of 2016, the manifesto-song “The Quiet Ones”, in which Olly’s voice reaches sublime levels, the sad ballads “Lost Property” and “Save You”, they all give us the chance to cry, smile, and be quiet, because “time will save you”.
Lost Property has a strong sense today, more than The Optimistic LP in 2001. Now we REALLY need them.