Silje Nes - Opticks
Naming an album after a Sir Issac Newton book is not your standard rock n roll tactic but then the quirky Norwegian singer songwriter Silje Nes is content to go along in her sweet way. As with her debut album Ames Room,Opticks is mostly home recorded and is all the more rewarding for not being constrained by the strictures of a normal recording studio. Although the sound from the debut has been expanded and, to a certain extent, softened, it retains an air of the unfettered experimentalism that results in a series of fragile and beautiful songs. Despite rarely raising her voice beyond a whisper Nes pulls you in right from the start of lilting opener ‘The Grass Harp’ through an exquisite take on Thurston Moore's ‘Silver>Blue’ to the gentle violin-led closer ‘Ruby Red’ and, by the end, you are left wanting more. A quiet, simple and simply superb album, Opticks is one to cherish.