Groundbreaking improv phenomenon Supersilent celebrate a decade on the frontlines of challenging music with a new studio album.
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Supersilent celebrates 10 years as a groundbreaking quartet with their first studio album in almost 5 years. As with ”Supersilent 6” (RCD2029) it was recorded during a 5 day studio session at Athletic Sound in Halden, Norway, the all analogue facility where other great sounding Rune Grammofon albums like ”Supersilent 1-3” (RCD 2001), ”Scorch Trio” (RCD 2025), ”Luggumt” (RCD2040) and ”Raus Aus Stavanger” (RCD2049) were recorded. From the monumental hardcore blizzard storm of ”1-3” to the elegant electrojazz of ”4” and from the quiet soundscapes of ”5” to the epic ”6”, Supersilent have yet again re-invented themselves with ”8”, an album that to a certain degree explore more abstract and mysterious pathways beyond categories and comparisons. The 68 minutes that ended up on ”8” was chosen from 5 hours of finished music, and at one time we considered a double or even triple album. It´s quite possible that some of the excellent music that didn´t make it to the final cut will appear in one way or another at a later time. The album has been mastered by US mastering guru Bob Katz in close collaboration with producer Deathprod, and it has been handled almost like classical music to keep the extremely dynamic range of the original recording.
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. It can sometimes appear 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.
Supersilent was formed in Oslo in 1997 after producer and soundartist Helge Sten approached free jazz trio ”Veslefrekk” with the idéa 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 late 97, also being the first release in the Rune Grammofon catalogue.
Ståle Storløkken is a member of Humcrush and Terje Rypdal´s Skywards trio and a few other groups. He has also recorded with Raoul Björkenheim, Trevor Dunn and Morgan Ågren, in a new peoject to be released on Rune Grammofon in 2008. Arve Henriksen has released 3 solo albums to high international acclaim, he has recorded with David Sylvian, Trygve Seim, Christian Wallumrød, Jon Balke and many others. Drummer Jarle Vespestad is a founder member of Tord Gustavsen Trio and Farmers Market and has played with Nils Petter Molvær, Jon Balke and Tore Brunborg amongst others. Helge Sten, aka Deathprod, was a former member of rock group Motorpsycho and is an important producer on the various independent scenes in Norway, with credits including Jaga Jazzist, Nils Petter Molvær, Motorpsycho, The White Birch, Susanna (with and without her Magical Orchestra) and several others.