In Silent Series shows Jefford is at his best when he lets his tracks grow and mutate, carving out extra bits of texture and dialing in more tension with each passing measure. "Out Was The Old In" is one example: over a tumbling kick drum, it lets out reverberated squelches that sound like an acid line turned inside-out, and puts hair-raising drones just off in the distance. But it's the all-in moments that are the highlights, like "Handed By Symmetry" and "Stand Down Be Better." The former descends with lean, syncopated percussion, scrambled analog noise and cavernous chords, while the latter, though it starts with some warm, earthy techno, ultimately leaves beats behind and dissolves into a dark-ambient soundscape.
There are a few less compelling efforts here. The first track, "No Need For Narration," is a mostly nondescript drone, though it does cleanse the palette. And while "Ashes In Exhalation" and "Become The Surface" might serve well as an early build and mid-album respite, both lack the nuance that characterizes the rest of the album.
Still, those tracks don't detract much from the journey, which winds down on a promising note with the almost ten-minute "Old Father Sun Strider." A slightly swung cut of shimmering atmospheric techno, it's the warmest and brightest thing Jefford has produced, even with the gloomy growls and echoed clatters at its end. All in all, his appreciation for space and detail make In Silent Series a fine debut full-length.