Silent Hour/Golden Mile

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Silent Hour / Golden Mile
EP by
ReleasedMarch 20, 2012
RecordedVarious Rooms, New York City; Miner Street Studio, Philadelphia, 2010-2011
GenreIndie rock, psychedelic folk, baroque pop
ProducerDaniel Rossen
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubA[2]

Silent Hour/Golden Mile is the debut solo EP by American indie rock musician Daniel Rossen, released on March 20, 2012 on Warp Records. The self-produced EP comprises tracks Rossen had initially written for Grizzly Bear's fourth studio album, Shields (2012).[5]

Background and recording[edit]

After extensive touring in support of Grizzly Bear's third studio album, Veckatimest (2009), the band undertook a six-month hiatus, with Daniel Rossen writing new material during the break.

Rossen ultimately decided to release a solo EP; a decision informed by the band's increasing collaborative nature. Rossen noted, "Recently the way it’s been feeling is that if I finish a song and the full form is there – the lyrics and an arrangement I’ve already decided on – that pretty much automatically means it’s something I should work on alone. It doesn’t really work well to force parts onto Grizzly Bear. [...] Grizzly Bear has become very collaborative, very collective. That’s kind of why [the] EP happened."[6]

The majority of the EP was recorded in New York City, with Rossen stating, "I didn’t fully move out of the city but I was spending the majority of my time in upstate New York, a lot of it in the winter. I recorded a lot of [Silent Hour/Golden Mile] in that space of time out there."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Daniel Rossen.

1."Up on High"3:56
2."Silent Song"4:42
3."Return to Form"5:23
4."Saint Nothing"4:50
5."Golden Mile"4:16
Total length:23:07



Recording personnel[edit]


  • Amelia Bauer - artwork


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Silent Hour / Golden Mile - Daniel Rossen | Allmusic". Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  2. ^ O'Neal, Sean. "Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour / Golden Mile | The A.V. Club". Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  3. ^ Denney, Alex. "Daniel Rosson – Silent Hour/Golden Mile". NME. Retrieved 19 March 2012.
  4. ^ Zoladz, Lindsay. "Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour / Golden Mile | Pitchfork". Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  5. ^ Hyden, Steven. "Opening Track: Daniel Rossen, Silent Hour / Golden Mile | The A.V. Club". Retrieved 29 March 2012.
  6. ^ a b Traynor, Cian. "The End of the Road? Grizzly Bear Interviewed". Retrieved 22 September 2012.