Stille Opprör "S.o2" CDPosted on Friday, May 30th, 2008 @ 6:45am » permalink
Stille Opprör is the solo project from former In the Woods… guitarist Christer Cederberg, and "S.o2" is the outfit's second album (soon to be released by Norway's Karmakosmetix Records), though I had never even heard of the band prior to this, and had no idea what to expect when I first popped the disc in. In fact, I had absolutely no idea there was an In the Woods… connection until I actually sat down to put this write-up together. As you'll hear below, this isn't the type of thing that I'd normally cover, and I'm not even sure what the hell I'd call this stuff, but great music is great music, and there's something about this material that sucked me in right away. The album's mere seven tracks stretch on through 42 minutes and tend to be centered around smooth, fluid singing over a vast array of acoustic and electric guitars and subtle electronic textures and effects (in addition to the rhythm section, of course) – creating a somewhat laidback and chilled out form of alternative/experimental rock that I can't really compare to anything that I've heard before (which is certainly not a bad thing). It's fairly dark and emotional, though – just not in any kind of overbearing manner, if that makes any sense? I don't know, the album is said to be "inspired by many influences, from Americana sounds and progressive rock to pop and even jazz", which does sort of make sense to me (strangely enough, seeing as I don't particularly listen to any of those types of music for the most part), but… when all is said and done it's all about quality, you know? If music moves me in some way, I'll listen to it, I don't give a shit what "classification" it falls under, and this is just a great fuckin' album. Hopefully others will find it as interesting as I do…
This one should be officially released any day now, but if you're interesting in picking it up, you can already pre-order it from The End Records, so… that's good stuff.