Silje Nes Ames Room

Silje Nes Ames Room
This Norwegian singer-songwriter is sure to draw comparisons to fellow Sub-Arctic siren Björk for her blend of wobbly electronics and acoustic-inflected pop experiments. Nes is much more of a ship in a bottle to Björk’s galleon though. Not exactly fragile, the pieces of Ames Room are still miniature, but once assembled they become something unexpected and charming. Perhaps a more appropriate comparison would be to Finnish avant-folk artist Islaja, whose work seems likewise more "built” than "played.” It’s a slippery affair to pin down, with a title track that burbles and chirps like a jay in a natural spring, followed by the drum machine and guitar drone of "Giant Disguise,” a track that wouldn’t be out of place on an early Cat Power album. This in turn is followed by "Dizzy Street,” which imagines a Belle & Sebastian/Fiery Furnaces détente. Nes’s approach is a hybrid of her classical piano background in collision with freewheeling home recording, making for a surefooted traipse through whimsical and tricky terrain. (Fat Cat)