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Go to the Supersilent website  Supersilent - 8 [Rune Grammofon - 2007]

The eighth chapter in the awe inspiring Norwegian collective Supersilent's career finds them creating a rather horror shrouded atmospheric album that weaves together elements of jazz, complex electronica, rock & metal, creepy synth expanses, cinematic tones and all manner of genre pick & mix into a magical, epic and often edgy, sometimes beautiful whole.

Each track seems its own little adventure or chapter in the story of 8, with each track starting in a certain way or sonic frame of mind, but you are never quite sure where you'll be left at the end of it. Take the opening track that starts off with strange bass & 80’s synth dread circling around you, by the end of the track we’re deep in horrific chiming church bells and strange bent breed of rhythms and stumbling rock. Or track five that starts off sounding like Autechre vs. tribal rhythms meets strange unnerving jabbering elector voices. Midway through we find other selfs in strange patterns and soothing flute floating by and sad, confused guitartones which could well have been the blues at one point. By the end we’re drifted over by the odd summer breeze of emotive and seemingly timeless trumpet playing and ambient expanses. Supersilent are a band who continue to take risks balancing elements that in theory shouldn’t work or should sound messy, but it never does they almost defying the psychics of sound form in places, everything is so immaculate that not a single note or sonic gesture is out of place here.

A startling dark & beautiful creation that’s epic yet effortless, bending so many sonic colours and atmospheres to their will along the way, dispell genres to make a sound world purely of their own. Truly one of the most astonishing, involving and clever records your likely to come across this year or with-in the last five years, Completely & utterly unmissable.

Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5Rating: 5 out of 5

Roger Batty
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