It’s easy envisioning listening to Sillyboy’s “Nature of Things” poolside, sunglasses covering your eyes and a cold beer quenching your thirst. Based out of Athens, Greece, Sillyboy is likely more accustomed to such climates than most of us. It was 95° and sunny in Athens today, after all. Incorporate the relaxing weather with nonchalance and a touch of sensuality, and you get the stylish “Nature of Things”. Sillyboy’s bio mentons his work having “urban influence, temperamental lyrics, bass grooves, and rhythmic vintage-pop, art-rock orchestrations,” a fine enough description for a musician who allegedly lives in a “detached railway network home”. The artist got his start composing tunes for TV and film, and later released an album called Played. His second album, like the track, is called Nature of Things. Sillyboy’s vintage-pop sound has earned praise from the likes of MTV Greece, Greek National TV, and MAD TV. A track like “Nature of Things” seems destined to expand his stateside audience, as well.
On the contrary, “Move” is a blast of thumping alt-rock energy that almost recalls the most anthemic efforts from Radiohead and Muse, who allow their structures to float patiently by being led by abstract percussion, wandering keyboard lines, and angular guitars. It shows the songwriter as offering diverse entries on his releases, all while keeping consistent with a nostalgic rock-pop sound with the potential for swift hooks and sensual rhythms. Stream Nature of Things in its entirety on Sillyboy’s Bandcamp.