Roots, the first full-length album by Alex Silas & The Subterraneans is now available for download!
"I call artists like Alex “bridges” as he seamlessly combines some groovy hip hop with some
country-influenced alternative pop. He’s one to watch."
- Kevin McGowan, Ottawa Citizen Capital Revue
"There aren’t a whole lot of rappers setting flames to their acoustic guitars whilst playing the harmonica,
you know?" - Chelsea Collins, Envy Magazine
"I like this. This singer/poet/MC/rapper makes a palatable smoothie out of indie rock, blues, electronic, folk and reggae."
- Alan Cross, AlanCross.ca
"Hip Hop Hippie" was selected as one of the Top 20 songs of 2014 from the Ottawa region by Peter Simpson of the Ottawa Citizen.
"Alex is a rapper, MC, poet. Whatever you want to call it. The best part about that though, is that he is also a musician. Meaning that not only will you get something thought provoking and moving with his music, but you also get great songwriting as well. It's nice to know that when Alex Silas comes out with something new, that I can get excited about both of those crafts. "
- Doug Ralph, Music Director CKDJ 107.9 FM
Inspired by everything from blues to punk, country to reggae, folk to electronic, the Ottawa-based artist sets himself apart by ensuring his sound doesn't fall into any predetermined molds.
"I use a lot of traditionally non-hip hop sounds, always preferring real instruments over samples to give it that live, organic sound," he says.
His debut offering, Catania, charted in the Top 10 on college and university charts across the country, firmly introducing him as a different breed of rapper. His follow-up, Songs for Lovers & Fighters, continued that momentum.
In the summer of 2014, Silas released his first full-length project, Roots, which marks a turning point in his musical career.
“I wear my heart on my sleeve in my songs. I hope it resonates with people and they can relate to it. I hope it makes you feel something,” says Silas.
Roots is available now on iTunes.