Silje Nes is a Norwegian musician who mixes the delicate sounds of acoustic guitar with the bright ambiance of electronica. Her soft, fragile voice blends perfectly with whimsical instrumentation that includes plenty of strange ambient sounds. Her new record, Ames Room, has a child-like innocence that plays like a dreamy collection of other-worldly lullabies.
"Shapes, electric", the third track off the record, features Nes' voice more as an instrument than typical vocals or narratives. Her breathy voice sets the ethereal and quiet tone of the song while an acoustic guitar, gently strummed, recites the same riff. Found sound and synth experimentation subtly electrify the quirky, yet sunny song.
Nes' is a multi-instrumentalist who previously studied classical piano but has a range of skills with guitar and timpani. Prior to this debut record, Nes' project was entirely instrumental.
Currently signed to FatCat records, Silje Nes will release another record call the Yellow EP this spring in addition to touring the US.
This story originally ran Mar. 13, 2008.