Norwegian multi-instrumentalist and singer / songwriter Silje Nes grew up in the tiny town of Leikanger, in Sognefjord, Norway’s largest fjord, before moving to Bergen in 2000 to start her music career. Guided by the excitement of discovering interesting new sounds and instruments, she made use of whatever equipment she could get hold of – guitars, an old synth, a cello, a drum kit, a laptop, as well as loop pedals to build layers of her own playing. Now, nearly a year and a half in the making, "Opticks" (a title borrowed from Sir Isaac Newton’s 1704 book on the science of optics and the refraction of light), her gently enchanting second album, is ready to be released, bringing with it a much richer, fuller sound. For those who are already a fan, or would like to become one, we have 3 signed copies of this intricate and textual record to giveaway (more details below)!
And if that wasn't prize enough for you, the lovely people at FatCat are also offering a pair of tickets to PlayGround readers for one of the shows on the forthcoming UK tour, where Silje Nes will support Mice Parade in October, as part of a wider European tour. Mice Parade's new album, "What It Means To Be Left Handed", is out this week so look forward to hearing them play it live. Coloured by splashes of West African Highlife, Flamenco, Brazillian Jazz, even 80’s US indie-rock, the album is knowingly un-hip and as distinctive and idiosyncratic as the band’s previous records.
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