Supersilent
6


4.0
excellent

Review

by Andrew H. EMERITUS
June 26th, 2008 | 7 replies | 5,831 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The most consistent and accessible release from Norway's avant-garde kings.

'Accessible' is a relative term, but in the case of Supersilent it's almost completely meaningless. Still, at just under an hour and six tracks long, 6 sticks out as a near-anomaly in Supersilent's catalogue as their most accessible album to date. Comprising of Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Helge Sten of Deathprod fame (noise and electronics), Ståle Storløkken (keyboards) and Jarle Vespestad (drums), Supersilent are about as mysterious a band as they come. Few official photos of them exist (most are taken from live performances) and their music is entirely improvised.

6 is a difficult record to describe. Part jazz, part electronic, part ambient and part rock, 6 is certainly a record that pushes boundaries. Long improvised trumpet sections, Brian Eno-esque washes of ambience, abrasive stabs of noise, jerky rhythms and simple grooves all occur regularly during 6, often during the same song. Perhaps due to its improvisational nature, each of 6's long pieces is markedly different from the one before it. "6.3", for example, climaxes on a beautifully melodic yet messy and harmonically adventurous crescendo that would make Sigur Ros green with envy. "6.2" is one of the album's darkest pieces, built around a laid-back groove and trumpet improvisation that wouldn't be out of place on Bitches Brew. 6's diversity makes it quite obvious that these four musicians are extremely comfortable with each other, even enough to take a back seat or not appear at all when the song requires it (such as in "6.5", which contains no percussion or trumpet at all).

Ultimately though, Supersilent's major talent lies in their ability to create moments of intense beauty, regardless of whether they are dense or sparse. "6.6" is perhaps the peak of the album in that regard, featuring gorgeous yet unnerving wordless falsetto vocals over the top of sparse piano tinkling. 6 is, simply put, a brilliant, dense and difficult yet consistent release from one of the most forward-thinking avant-garde groups in existence. Fans of jazz, post-rock, electronica and experimental music should listen to this album once to hear its dense, beautiful and interesting textures, and then again and again to discover its constantly unfolding richness that yields something new with each consecutive listen.



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taylormemer
June 26th 2008



4887 Comments


Sounds pretty interesting. Might check this out.
And I don't want to hear anyone carry on with "this review is too short" because it's excellent.

Zebra
Moderator
June 27th 2008



2647 Comments


I've only heard "5" and enjoyed most of it but felt like it was very inconsistent. I've been meaning to pick up one of their other albums because they have a really neat sound.

Iai
Emeritus
June 27th 2008



3553 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album.

MrKite
June 27th 2008



5020 Comments


I can't wait to listen to this.

jrowa001
June 30th 2008



8749 Comments


this sounds cool, ill be looking for it

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2010



14884 Comments


im listening to this right now and it's really boring i might stop someone convince me to do otherwise

edit: haha as soon as i posted that 6.3 got really cool. still not digging this too much though

YankeeDudel
August 27th 2012



9291 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album is all kinds of cool

Digging: Ravi Shankar - Three Ragas



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