He's bar hype one of the most soulful and prolific poets of the new century, and refuses to be pinned into one genre or concept. Anyone who has heard his tantalizing, cinematic debut disc, Constellations Compromised I: New Songs of Love Arrested by Space and Time will likely offer a list of stellar influences heard in his piercing, danceable songs ranging from Joni Mitchell to Frank Sinatra to Thom Yorke to Johnny Cash, with shades of Roxy Music, Lou Reed, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, David Bowie, Chic's Nile Rodgers, Ennio Morricone, and Serge Gainsbourg, but will qualify it all as like nothing and everything, universal but righteously unique. No one crafting and performing popular music fuses and expresses heart, mind and sexuality like Silvanus Slaughter.
"My life, loves and travels have been so weird, so supernatural, that I had nothing left to do but write about it, If I had not taken a break, something would have killed me sooner than later." Poet, lover, rocker, evangelist, he shifts like interference patterns on water between space-cowboy, Euro-styled Casanova at the piano, and Ziggy Stardust in cowboy gear with guitar moonlighting as a Gregg Allman-styled Southerner waxing beneath a Druidic moon, all the while rooted in a vocal tradition of romantic minstrels who craft and sing love songs.
A cult novelist and serious filmmaker who left Hollywood after 14 years of Tinseltown bullshit and nepotism, Silvanus turned his back on that world, and returned home to North Carolina, then suddenly commenced and recorded an unabashedly romantic, four-volume pop-rock-jazz opera in an old jail in his native small Southern town. Already an outspoken poet and novelist at this juncture("Sweet Piece"), Silvanus picked up a guitar and keyboard for the first time on an October Full Moon in defiance of loss, bankruptcy and depression, and wrote the first act of a trans-genre pop opera about a man who fell in love and found his love arrested.. A man who fell to Earth. "All things on earth are in some form of compromise, especially love," he says.
Conservative locals dismissed Silvanus as self-obsessed, and he was fired from his very visible day job. Then, the state's premiere newspaper and music editor declared Volume One and singer-songwriter Silvanus' debut "a work of genius" as college radio began spinning "Sweet Resurrection" and "Christ DId It All Before You."
"Bankrupt and jobless for performing honest, topical material publically forced me to find alternatives to survive, so I spent the next two years crafting the rest of this opera, and six more albums-to-come.
Slaughter's haunting baritone is steeped in Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, and classic Western influences which set him apart from any other male on the music scene. His marathon 126 song pop opera celebrates his love affair with rock, jazz, samba, hip-hop, garage punk, western, techno, and rhythm-and-blues. It's a symphonic trip through three American decades of love, loss, and lies. Wall-to-wall with interlocking, hypnotic themes, Slaughter's auspicious emergence as an American singer-songwriter is based on his collection of poems of the same title first published in 1994.
Popular music does not get more authentic in an age of poseurs and cynical blah-blah, and the Constellations cycle of four albums is merely a kick-off for Silvanus Slaughter. More than eleven albums of material are readied for release, including two instrumental entries and a soundtrack-to-come for a psychosexual thriller.