Band of the Day

2013.09.22

Silent Rider

Haunting narratives wayfaring on a trail of downtempo, dubstep, trip-hop and indie electronic
You should have reveled in the dirt with the newborns. I can bloat up my chest hopped up on medicine.
lyrics from Beggar

Silent Rider is the moniker of the indie-electronic project fronted by Brooklyn-based producer Reed Kackley. His style stitches together bits and pieces of several genres, often-utilizing melodramatic vocals, swelling synths, somber piano tones, heavy basslines and concise, hard-hitting percussion. Silent Rider assembles dark, melancholic progressions and tones pulling from downtempo, dubstep, trip-hop and electronic pop.

Silent Rider first took shape in the summer of 2010 when Kackley began writing in his childhood bedroom in Northern Virginia. It wasn't long before he uncovered a musical endeavor he could be proud of--meshing production reminiscent of acts like James Blake, Miike Snow, Alex Clare and SBTRKT with thought provoking narratives based on sobering and haunting past experiences. Lyrically, Kackley discusses themes such as poverty, religious scruples, Sadomasochism, crippling drug addiction, brainwashed youth and legal prostitution.

The debut, self-titled, album was released in September of 2012, and features vocals and co-production by Michael Santiago. In Addition, Silent Rider has released a number of official remixes over the past few months, for artists such as Vacationer, Houses and Drop The Lime. Over the past year, Silent Rider has been steadily generating buzz with numerous features on respected blogs and several tracks reaching the Top 10 list on Hype Machines' "Most Popular" page. They have also garnered attention for their live show, sharing bills with bands like Tesla Boy, FM Belfast, Lovelife and Black Onassis.

Currently, the project is a 3-piece with the addition of percussionist Aaron Goodrich and multi-instrumentalist Ryan Payne. A new EP is in production, featuring Kackley on vocals and building upon a more organic soundscape.