Monday, July 5, 2010

Supersilent-6 (2003)

Lost my review :'(

Don't feel like typing it up again, but here's a brief description:

Supersilent 6 was recorded during a 5 day studio session at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, the all analogue facility where other important Rune Grammofon albums like "Supersilent 1-3" (RCD 2001) and "Scorch Trio" (RCD 2025) were made. From the monumental hardcore blizzard storm of "1-3" to the elegant electrojazz of "4" and the almost quiet soundscapes of "5", this new album is where the sum of Supersilent comes together in a shape of almost epic proportions.

Again, the names of the players do not appear on the cover. This is Supersilent music, collective work, group improvising, and not a matter of individual grandstanding. They never rehearse as a group and don't discuss the music with each other, meeting only to play concerts or to record. Supersilent music lives in a no-man's-land between the genres, somewhere between rock, electronica, jazz and modern composition. In fact, much of the music on "6" appears to be written or at least arranged, again making it clear that these musicians communicate on a high, almost telepatic level. Needless to say, there are no overdubs. Everything is presented as it was performed in the studio.

Often being labelled jazz because of the improvising nature of the music and the fact that three of the members come from a jazz background, with "6" they are just as likely to attract followers of rock bands such as Goodspeed You! Black Emperor, Sigur Ros, King Crimson and (late) Talk Talk.

Supersilent was formed in Oslo in 1997 after producer and soundartist Helge Sten approached free jazz trio "Veslefrekk" with the idea of forming a new quartet. The first time they played together was a concert at Bergen Jazz Festival the same year. Their first album, the triple set "1-3" was released in early 98, also being the first release in the Rune Grammofon catalogue.


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