Supersilent – 7 (Rune Grammofon)
Supersilent are a Norweigian quartet comprising a keyboardist, drummer, trumpeter and an audio virus i.e. electronics manipulator. Their music has been humourously described as death jazz with references to 70s electric jazz (Miles, Terje Rypdal), progressive (Popol Vuh, King Crimson)as well as electronic composition (Stockhausen. Musically, this band occupies an interesting space between rock and jazz improvisation, the heavy use of electronics giving the sound a darker, grittier feel.
7 is their 5th release on the acclaimed Rune Grammofon label (their previous albums are simply titled 1-3, 4, 5 and 6), and is a DVD of a filmed concert in Norway in 2004. However, unlike many concert dvds which serve as addendums to the catalogues of their respective artistes, the band and their label have consciously (and correctly) treated this as an integral part of the Supersilent story, hence the title and packaging which follow that of previous albums.
7 is beautifully filmed in black and white with multiple angles/shots of the band and individual musicians. The sound is awesome – crystal clear with more than ample warmth and power. The music is divine, slowly building, bubbling, growing oh-so organically into seriously epic rock-outs with no portentious or pointless acrobatic noodling.
This is a landmark release in improvised music.