Silje Nes ‘Opticks’ out TODAY in USA/Canada
The sophomore effort from Norway’s Silje Nes, ‘Opticks’, is out today in North America.
“Opticks is beautifully orchestrated with brilliant highs and lows.” – Verbicide
“Its an album with its own strongly beating heart.” – Consequence Of Sound
Nearly a year and a half in the making, Opticks is a gently enchanting new record that while once again home-recorded – dramatically upgrades Silje Ness sound and sees her making considerable advances on her acclaimed 2008 debut, Ames Room. Intricately constructed, warm and brimming with melodic hooks, Opticks is a record full of wonder, unfurling a series of increasingly accessible and catchy little songs.
Created between autumn 2008 and winter 2009, the album was mixed with Tarwaters Bernd Jestram. More melodic and a little less experimental than her debut, its beautiful combination of sweet hooks and lush, intricate textural detail ensure that its a place to which listeners will want to return. Ness beautiful, breathy vocals are projected further forward in the mix than previously, becoming less another texture than a central focus for the whole, and bringing along a compelling new intimacy.
Orbiting around Ness unique vocals, are tracks constructed from a wide range of instruments and effects – guitars, drums, viola, bass, xylophone, electronics, keyboards, concertina, flute, trumpet, percussion and, as Nes puts it, basically anything I have lying around, adding random recordings of things, video clips, effects…
Despite – or, more likely, due to – this kitchen sink approach, Opticks is a coherent expression of Silje Ness lovely, forward-looking vision: engaging, delicate, and transformative.
Silje Nes is currently on tour with Mice Parade in Europe.