Arriving eight years after their last album, Lowborn and four years after their reunion in 2018, Anberlin’s new EP, Silverline was well worth waiting for. Composed of five very unique and dynamic tracks, Silverline proves that the band used their time away wisely.
Kicking off the EP is the dark and aggressive opener, “Two Graves”, which finds Stephen Christian screaming, “If you want revenge / then you should dig two graves”. There’s an underlying electric energy to “Two Graves” which translates perfectly into the bass-heavy “Nothing Lost” and the shining middle track of the EP, “Body Language”. The seductive third song takes a step away from the two tracks before it, taking on a more pop-leaning sound with oscillating synth and delicate vocals. “Asking” follows suit, leaning heavily on dreamy synth and emotional vocals as Christian begs, “Am I asking too much / Or do you feel the same?”
The five songs on Silverline effortlessly explore all sides of Anberlin, from the more explosive “Two Graves” to synth-pop influenced sounds on “Asking” and “Body Language” as well as larger, more anthemic sounds on “Nothing Lost” and “Circles”. The songs that make up Silverline prove that, even twenty years after their inception and a long break, Anberlin are still capable of anything.