Silvering: Minefield Memory EP/7″ Release

Story by Colton O’Reilly
Photo by Christie Dupree

For Fans of: Nick Drake, Soccer Mommy, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker

It was a warm evening in March. Music was pouring out onto the front steps of the legendary King Eddy where Silvering, a project by Shalom Toy, was set to release their debut EP titled Minefield Memory.

The King Eddy, established in 1905, was torn down and rebuilt brick by brick in 2013 as the structural integrity and health and safety of the building had been depleted. This heritage venue has welcomed so many prominent musicians in its extensive history, and, over time, that can sure take a toll on a building. With the right hands to help support this revitalization project, it is now once again – after a much-needed break – bursting at the seams with musical vitality and artistry.

Just like The King Eddy took time for a necessary restoration, we too need to make time for ourselves. The importance of ensuring that our internal structural-integrity isn’t compromised, or that our mental wellbeing and emotional stability are taken care of are things that, as musicians/artists, can be easily thrown to the wayside. This was becoming very apparent for Toy in her growth as a musician.

“Writing was making things more complex and confusing… I would feel way worse than beforehand, which is the opposite of what you do when you write music… you want to feel sorted out, or feel like you have something,” explains Toy.

The persevering nature of the new project Silvering, and the new music they are creating, is a true testament to Toy’s character. She knew she needed time away from music to find healing, and came back to it when she felt like she had something again.

“’Some Light’ was the first song I could physically finish writing after I quit music for a year.”

“Some Light” is about two situations mixed into one; a broken family relationship that is now beginning to heal, and someone who she thought she loved. Both of these weighty topics display the bravery and openness of Silvering’s approach to songwriting. The lyric “We may never be alright, but it will all be fine in some light” holds a lot of meaning in it, in whatever way you view it. But, to Toy, being fine in some light is the act of looking ahead: seeing beyond into the future tense of yourself to try and discover that forgiveness, understanding, or maybe even find a bit of clarity.

Toy has found a new spark in Silvering, and the bands lineup of fantastic musicians really allows that spark to be properly stoked with Bobby Henderson on guitar, Tyler Shields on bass, and Connor Mead on the drums. Music with depth and heart can take time, so let us all strive to be more patient and equally as eager as we await more music and future live performances from this brightly shining band Silvering.

Check out Silvering’s morph video for the making of the album art: