Optical illusions from Silje Nes
Release Date: 13th September 2010
Nearly a year and a half in the making, Opticks is a gently enchanting new record that - whilst again home-recorded - dramatically upgrades Silje's sound and sees her making considerable advances on her debut, Ames Room which was released in January 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. Intricately constructed, warm and brimming with melodic hooks, Opticks is a record full of wonder and unfurls a series of increasingly accessible and catchy little songs.
Whilst once again mostly home-recorded, Opticks (the title reference Isaac Newton's 1704 book about the science of optics and the refraction of light) has a far richer, fuller sound than its predecessor and is the result of a more focused approach. Starting from scratch with an end goal rather than being an collection of existing pieces with additions and reworkings (as on Ames Room), it was made with different equipment and in different surroundings. Created between autumn 2008 and winter 2009, the album was mixed with Tarwater's Bernd Jestram. More melodic and a little less experimental, it's a fully coherent album and its beautiful combination of sweet hooks and lush, intricate textural detail ensure that it's a place that listeners will want to return to. Silje's beautiful, breathy vocals are projected further forward in the mix than previously, becoming less another texture than a central focus for the whole.