Starsailor Announce ‘Silence Is Easy’ 20th Anniversary Edition
Starsailor have announced a 20th anniversary edition of their second album Silence Is Easy, available on 2CD and LP on 10 November.
The 2CD edition includes exclusive Phil Spector demos of Fidelity and White Dove. It also brings together key remixes of Four To The Floor (Thin White Duke and Soulsavers) as well as rare live versions of Silence Is Easy and Four To The Floor from London’s Somerset House and The Coronet. Silence Is Easy will also be reissued on limited edition aqua blue coloured vinyl.
Silence Is Easy was originally released in September 2003 after the whirlwind success of their 2001 debut album Love Is Here. Singer James Walsh explains “…they say you have years to write your debut album and the blink of an eye to make the follow up. Whilst that’s true of Silence Is Easy we certainly packed a lot into the period between albums and our lives changed immeasurably giving us a lot of experience to go into it. Not least the sometimes challenging,often exciting recording of the album itself…”
Initial sessions saw the band work with legendary producer Phil Spector on the masterful Silence Is Easy and stunningly beautiful White Dove. It would prove to be Spector’s last production job before his murder conviction and imprisonment in 2009, and before his death in 2021. Walsh continues “…It was amazing to follow in the footsteps of The Beatles and countless others recordings at Abbey Road. Initially it was an honour to work with the producer Phil Spector but subsequent events have put a dark cloud around that and make it a tricky subject to dwell on too much…”
The band co-produced seven of the remaining eight tracks with Elbow, Coldplay and Doves producer, Danton Supple. John Leckie (The Stone Roses & Radiohead) produced Shark Food to complete. Silence Is Easy reached No 2 in the UK on release.
The third single from the album, Four to the Floor, was also remixed by Thin White Duke (Stuart Price), and became a massive club hit across UK and Europe, reaching No 1 in France.
Walsh explains “…whilst the title track gave us our second Top 10 single and highest charting (No.9) it was Four To The Floor that really changed our lives. The original track was well received around the world but it was Stuart Price’s legendary remix that took it to another level. No 1 in France, Top 5 in Australia & Belgium culminating in an appearance at the Stade de France supporting U2 whilst the song was still flying high in the charts…”
The band will be heading out on the Silence Is Easy 20th Anniversary Tour of UK and Europe in November.
STARSAILOR UK & EUROPE TOUR
15 – The Hague – Paard (Netherlands)
16 – Arnhem – Luxor Live (Netherlands)
18 – Antwerp – De Roma (Belgium)
19 – Paris – La Maroquinerie (Sold Out) (France)
24 – Norwich, The Waterfront (UK)
25 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (Sold Out) (UK)
26 – Glasgow, SWG3 TV Studio (Sold Out (UK)
27 – Newcastle, Boiler Shop (UK)
28 – Wolverhampton, The Wulfrun at The Halls (UK)
30 – Sheffield, The Foundry (UK)
1 – Manchester, O2 Ritz (Sold Out) (UK)
2 – London, Electric Ballroom (Sold Out) (UK)
3 – Southampton, The Brook (Sold Out) (UK)