Silje Nes
Opticks


4.0
excellent

Review

by doug USER (78 Reviews)
August 25th, 2010 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beyond pretty.

When talking about obscure Norwegian singers, the furthest thing from mind would have to be a gentle and harmless female folk singer that occupies her music with wistful guitar and post rock-esque melodies. Silje Nes is an uncovered gem of an artist that has been in hiding for much too long, and her latest release, Opticks brings some of the most tantalizing yet gentle folk music that you will hear this year. Silje Nes first came to attention with her debut LP Ames Room which was recorded solely in Nes’s bedroom. Though before Opticks came around FatCat records got her signature and Nes had much more liberty in recording and access to much better resources, yet this still doesn’t change the aesthetic of the production, as it still feels in a sense, homely.

Opticks begins with the “The Glass Harp” and an extremely simple but none-the-less grabbing, plucked guitar line, which really sets the tone for things to come on Opticks, since simplicity seems to be the main theme found throughout. Added to this simplicity is quite a surprising factor, which is that of many post rock influences, with a major one being Sigur Ros, as you can hear the definite drones and string sounds that Jonsi and crew rely on. Though don’t fret on the similarities too much as Nes makes Opticks all about her, as these familiar background noises are mixed with beautiful vocal interplay and melodies that are beyond charming. Both these facets of Opticks are heavily played upon on “Hello Luminance”, which gives off an unbelievably textured and thick sound for a such a simple song.

While the lyrics are somewhat indecipherable at times – even though she sings in English, there is a great wealth of beauty to be taken out her writing, and are another form of the simplicity found throughout, as “Branches” shows:

“Branches will take care of us
Make us fall safely, slowly, slowly
Carry us in little movements, until we reach the ground”


Opticks is something different, but is something that makes a whole heap of sense. The simplicity of the composition with the added extra’s and flourishes added on the sides makes for a feast of an album. Opticks is a canvas that you lose yourself in as it swirls from simple folk to a tinged post rock sound that keeps you guessing of the songs direction, but not at its heart. Silje Nes has made a force to be reckoned with in Opticks and is sure to make herself a name that is on every underground music fans lips.



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Douglas
August 25th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Short little write up yea...

Albums a real grower, probs a 4.5 but I cbf changing my rating.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2010


31173 Comments


Love your dig so much; nice review too, sounds very Sigury

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fromtheinside
August 25th 2010


18300 Comments


TAAAAAAAKE EVERYTHIIIIIIING FROOMM THE INSIDEEEE



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Douglas
August 25th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well played sir, well played.

@Deviant.: It's funny, because this sits right after Sigur Ros on my itunes, and it makes me flip when I hear here voice after a Sigur Ros song sometimes.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2010


31173 Comments


Haha I can imagine

Urgh, I have to get this now

Douglas
August 25th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

That you will

Douglas
August 26th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bumping because this rules...

Douglas
August 31st 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bumping because this rules... [2]

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 16th 2010


31173 Comments


Been obsessed with this as of late

Douglas
September 17th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

fuck yes

RosaParks
September 19th 2010


14909 Comments


Listening to this now.

It's.....gorgeous.
Idk how to explain this lol

DiceMan
September 22nd 2010


7068 Comments


On my to get list.

Douglas
September 22nd 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

get it asappppp

RosaParks
September 23rd 2010


14909 Comments


album is a 10/5

Douglas
September 23rd 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Good stuff hey! Favourite track?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
September 24th 2010


31173 Comments


Dougie gets big oceanic collective props for bringing this album to my attention

Douglas
September 24th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yay

Douglas
October 11th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

bumping round 3

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 11th 2010


31173 Comments


For the lack of comments you still have like 800 people who have looked at this

Douglas
October 11th 2010


9105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I know. But not enough listening



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