Silje Nes Ames Room
XLR8R Rating: 7.5/10
Despite her classical piano training, Norway’s Silje Nes developed her songwriting abilities by teaching herself to play guitar and recording that process on her laptop’s built-in mic. Her debut, Ames Room, documents that progression with messy edits, old synthesizers, and humble guitar playing. The result is a bedroom record that parallels artists like Múm in sonic warmth and singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen in exploratory willingness. “Over All” opens the record with tinkled keyboard pop, while “Shapes, Electric” drowns her plaintive guitar in blips and glitches. They may be over-ambitious at times, but the songs on Ames Room remain dreamy and charming.