Mid-March sees Silje Nes heading out on her very first US tour
Silje Nes has announced her first-ever USA shows in support of the 11 Mar North American release of her album Ames Room (Fat Cat). Silje will be opening for San Francisco's noise-folk duo The Dodos throughout the Southern and Eastern US, and will also be appearing in Austin TX at the SXSW music festival. More shows will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
2007 saw Norwegian performer and composer Silje Nes joining the likes of Sigur Rós, Múm and To Rococco Rot on one of the UK’s finest labels, Fat Cat Records which released the hugely talented artist’s debut album in the UK in December and in Europe in early 2008. Silje Nes’ strong outing ‘Ames Room’ looks set to become one of 2007/2008’s most exciting releases with a string of positive reviews at home and abroad.
Silje grew up in the tiny town of Leikanger, in Sognefjord, the largest fjord in Norway, before moving to the rainy, larger town of Bergen in 2000. She began making her own music in 2001, recording on 4-track demo software through a tiny inbuilt microphone on a laptop. Though she’d previously studied classical piano, when she started recording she decided to do so with guitars and instruments on which she had no previous experience of playing. Simply guided by finding sounds she loved and the excitement of discovering new instruments without learned conventions, she made use of whatever equipment she could get hold of - guitars and an old synth, a cello, a drum kit, a laptop, as well as loop pedals to build layers of her own playing. Little by little she also found ways of including her own voice in the mix, both as texture and song, and her music has organically evolved from there. Although she made a successful live debut outside of Norway with a set at FatCat’s ‘Open Circuit’ festival in Belgium in February last year, during this period Silje has played her songs for just a very few people locally.
At that Belgian show, she did everything herself and it was mesmerizing to watch - gradually building loops on a loop-station through guitar picking, singing, playing a drum kit and other percussion (tambourine, glass bottle, etc) and a xylophone, sometimes being accompanied by a little robot that was beating a kick drum.
Listen to Silje Nes’ tracks on her MySpace site.