A WHISPER IN THE NOISE return this year with a blissful and lush new album entitled ‘To Forget‘. The Minneapolis-based group formed in 2002 by West Thordson, who grew up on a large patch of farmland in the rural Minnesota town of Hanska (population 406). As an adult, Thordson moved into the abandoned elementary school he attended as a boy, where he composed in the music room in which he had played as a child, wandering the empty halls at night.
This dark, dramatic sense of loneliness and solitude is channeled into the unique and darkened sound A WHISPER IN THE NOISE have become known for. On the subject of the new album, which has been nearly two years in the making, West states: “most of the material was built on moving forward from my extremely negative grievances from the past.” Interestingly, on this new record, other band member Sonja Larson has become a more integral part in the creation process as she not only plays violin but adds voice and songwriting skills to the whole album.
For this new record, A WHISPER IN THE NOISE have approached songwriting by drawing upon influences not only from other music (they reference Philip Glass, Roger Waters and Arvo Part) but from nature and in particular its power and atmospheric sounds. The result is a coherent and focused album of true, honest music, shining by it’s purity and cinematic waves of sound. To Forget is music to sink into and become part of the listener’s emotional landscape. Lovers of slowcore and especially fans of Low will surely find lots to love about the brooding and dark sounds of A WHISPER IN THE NOISE.
First came the album ‘Through The Ides Of March’, which was recorded in two days and produced by the legendary Steve Albini, who later took the band to Europe to open a string of shows for his band Shellac. The album resulted in comparisons to art rock bands such as Sigur Ros and Mogwai, and also a performance slot at All Tomorrows Parties festival in 2004. West teamed up with seminal violinist Sonja Larson, who has been part of an earlier AWITN incarnation before during the years of 2003-2006 and their future started to shape.
The band’s second album As The Bluebird Sings, released in the spring of 2006, saw them further expanding their experimental sound and drew the attention of M. Night Shyamalan, who featured music by the band in his film “Lady In The Water”. Other film soundtrack contributions include the award winning documentary “The Art Of The Steal” by Don Argott. In 2007 the band had expanded, developed and progressed their sound on the album Dry Land, also produced by long-time friend Steve Albini, the album brought the band to Exile On Mainstream Records. Two massive European tours and appearance on the label’s own roadshow, the mighty Blisstrain saw them gaining serious attention from European crowds. The album remains the highest selling release on the label to date. In ever-changing line up constellations and phases of full and half existence the band granted the world three unique and outstanding albums, and their new album, To Forget is an exceptional addition to this astounding canon.
In the meantime, check out the track ‘Armament’ taken from their 2007 album ‘Dry Run’ below.
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