Silent Partner are a long defunct Athens, GA outfit lauded on a pair of fellow music blogs, namely Crud Crud where I originally learned of them, and more recently on Little Hits. Definitely an anomaly for their locale of choice, SP are rumored to have started life as a prog band with occasional pop sensibilities (check out the title track of their exceedingly rare 1975 LP, Hung By a Thread on the Little Hits link above). By the time they got around to this four-song 7," they had ostensibly shorn their prog connotations and went for something approaching 70s AM Rock, albeit with considerably more depth. The opening "Radio Activity" is a thing of beauty - four sublime minutes of downcast singer/songwriter pop, loosely reminiscent of Todd Rundgren, certainly one of their primary influences. "The Second it Surrounds You" excavates folkier territory, while "Blank Page" veers towards late '70s power pop with admirable acumen.
01. Radio Activity
02. The Second it Surrounds You
03. A Blanket Statement
04. Blank Page
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