Silent Hour / Golden Mile

Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
User Score
Based on 31 ratings
2012 Ratings: #102
March 20, 2012 / Release Date
EP / Format
Warp / Label
Indie Folk / Genres
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A.V. Club

Here they sound even more naked, built primarily from spare acoustic guitar strums or simple piano chords, then recorded in echoing rehearsal spaces with only a smattering of guest collaborators. 

Beats Per Minute

I believe it’s important for everyone to know the capabilities of this ultra-talented songwriter, and on this EP he does a damn good job showing it off by himself.


Rossen brings to this EP the meticulous craftsmanship we've come to expect from his work, but in Silent Hour he's created something rare: a rendering of isolation that feels sincere but never maudlin. 


Rossen is a master craftsman – and one of the best songwriters in modern rock – and with ‘Silent Hour/Golden Mile’ he’s set the bar tantalisingly high for Grizzly Bear’s return. 

Under The Radar

Ultimately, they sound like Grizzly Bear numbers in miniature, which is a damn good thing.

Consequence of Sound

The record is a short yet somehow sprawling collection of five songs that depart from the artist’s other projects just enough to give it its own special feel.

The 405

Silent Hour/Golden Mile turns out to be a rare beast: a strong EP, one that doesn’t seem to fall under the usual bracket of leftover songs with nowhere else to go.

Drowned in Sound

Yes it may be comfortable and familiar, but Silent Hour/Golden Mile is never samey

Why didn't I know until this year that there exists Daniel Rossen material beyond Grizzly Bear? Between Department of Eagles album and this excellent EP, my appetite for his lovely vocals and inventive guitar work is being better satisfied than ever. Impressive as a standalone project due to its cohesion and storytelling, "Silent Hour/Golden Mile" has the same front-to-back satisfaction value as an album, but is short enough to justify many repeated plays. Rossen's work is ... read more
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Track List

  1. Up On High 
  2. Silent Song 
  3. Return To Form 
  4. Saint Nothing 
  5. Golden Mile
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Added on: January 25, 2012