UK tour for Silje Nes

Critically acclaimed performer/composer Silje Nes heads out on a UK tour this week.

Silje Nes 2007

Mid-May sees performer/composer Fat Cat artist Silje Nes touring the UK (and Ireland - one gig in Dublin) in support of her critically debut album ‘Ames Room’. In addition to a string of club dates, Nes is also one of 11 Norwegian acts set to perform at this year’s The Great Escape in Brighton.

Last year 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 last December.

Fat Cat Records first became aware of Norwegian singer-songwriter / multi-instrumentalist Silje Nes through a unique and utterly charming demo we received out of the blue in 2005. Intrigued and enchanted by the quirkily sprawling mixture of instruments, electronics and sweet vocals, the label has been regularly talking with her since, with Silje working on and submitting new tracks and slowly piecing this debut album together. Boldly Inventive and broad-visioned, ‘Ames Room’ announces the emergence of a hugely talented and distinctive young artist. With the sole exception of the opening track - written and recorded with Kristian Stockhaus from Ungdomskulen - the entirety of the album is Silje’s own work and sounds like someone clearly reveling in the act of creation.

Whilst creating a sound-world entirely her own, ‘Ames Room’ shows a similar single-mindedness and (autodidactic) to fellow peers great like of The Pastels, Pram, or Crescent. Beautifully pieced together, tracks unfurl like a series of intricate constructions, or like some of - kind up world of insects or curious creatures - the whole teeming with life and a sense of fun. Broad Tujiko Noriko, Islaja, Lau Nau, Eglantine Gouzy, Foehn, or Leila Arab, also sharing something of the homespun, sprawling beauty of the strange blown likes ranging and full of character, the album moves from languid dream-pop to stomping, upbeat tracks, to more introspective or abstract numbers. With sparkling melodies at times exuding a music-box sweetness, spindly adventurousness electronics - barbed, bubbling, and tinkling - weave around a vast array of instruments including cello, electronics, drums, guitar, bass, keyboards, recorder, glockenspiel, xylophone, melodica, and trumpet, as well as percussion played on all manner of found objects. Playful rhythms increasingly accumulate, with machine programming cohering alongside layered live syncopations

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. began her own music in 2001, recording on 4-track demo software through a tiny inbuilt microphone on a She laptop. Though she’d previously studied classical piano, when she started recording she decided to do so guitars excitement instruments on making which she had no previous experience of playing. Simply guided by finding sounds she loved with and the of and 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

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