Silje Nes “The Grass Harp”

By Brad Reno on Monday, November 29th, 2010  |  3,778 views

Alt-Folk, Dream-pop

Silje Nes “The Grass Harp” Silje Nes “The Grass Harp”

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Silje Nes grew up in a small town on Sognefjord (the largest fjord in Norway) before moving on to the larger city of Bergen and eventually Berlin, where she now lives. You can take the girl out of the fjord, but you can’t take the fjord out of the girl; although she may reside in the biggest city in Europe, Nes’ music still possesses a rustic, fairy tale air calling to mind rural northern nights under the Aurora Borealis.

“The Grass Harp” – a track from Opticks, her second album for FatCat – begins with a plucked acoustic guitar pattern and Nes’ wordless vocals, backed by the sound of waves crashing on the shore. The song begins building momentum when the lyrics start, eventually breaking into a krautrock beat and swelling with keyboards and guitar distortion. Nes’ voice is a gentle purr with a sweet Scandinavian accent similar to Bjork as she recounts a tale of what she claims to be the strangest day since things came apart.

Nes weaves a gentle but powerful spell with “The Grass Harp,” locating a midpoint between Norwegian folk popsters like Kings of Convenience and psychedelic Germans like Neu. In the process she creates a song with an esoteric atmosphere but grounded in solid pop hooks.

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Rate It Here:  My ears, they bleed!Never againMehNot my thangOne listen is enoughGood, not greatWorth a listenPlaylist-worthyThis my jam!Songasm!!! (62 votes, average: 8.16 out of 10)

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. nordmann Says:

    Love it. Finally a tune from Norway that is playlist worthy. Go Silje Nes! :)

  2. ghos Says:

    Quite an interesting tune, but is it Glass or Grass harp? The title and filename say Grass but the text about it says Glass.

  3. One Track Mind Says:

    Sorry about that… It’s “The Grass Harp.” We had some conflicting information about the song (press release said one thing, the tracklist said another), but FatCat have it as “Grass” on their site.

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