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‘12’ – Supersilent back with new album

By Tomas Lauvland Pettersen Posted: 29. Sep, 2014

Improv legends Supersilent return with ‘12’ – their first new album in four years.

This week, improv legends Supersilent return with a brand new record, ‘12’ (Rune Grammofon), their first outing in four years.

Recorded during three different sessions in 2011, ‘Supersilent 12’ is produced by Deathprod from hours of recordings at his own Audio Virus LAB, Athletic Sound in Halden and the Emanuel Vigeland museum, known for its 20 second natural reverb.

A mainstay on Norway’s improv scene for more than a decade, Supersilent continues to push the boundaries of modern improv. Supersilent counter the human impulse to create or recognize logical structures and things. They transport us to the level of pre-genesis –there is no conclusion– and thus one is forced to stay in the pure phenomena, of sound, and remain in the senses. For a musician or any creative artist what they do can indeed seem superhuman, for they never sit down to make anything; they never write music, prepare or even rehearse. Keyboardist Ståle Storløkken, trumpeter/vocalist Arve Henriksen and multi-instrumentalist Helge Steen just come together and press the record button

Writes Boomkat (UK) in their review this week: ‘Eschatological harbingers, Supersilent reveal their 12th full length vision for Rune Grammofon. ’12’ renders the void within touching distance in 13 life-affirmingly free, intuitive soundscapes too wide or deep to be contained by any sole genre. Operating at practically precognitive levels of communication, the improvisations of Arve Henriksen, Ståle Storløkken, and Helge Sten render majestic spaces for the imagination to float unhindered, coloured by spectral tonal hues and quivering with the most tactile, plangent sub-atomic vibes. We could rant about this stuff all day but ultimately it’s music to be plunged into feet first until it chokes, consumes and indulges all the senses at any expense.’

More on Supersilent’s ‘12’ HERE

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