Per Henrik Svalastog from Tromsø in the far north of Norway (hometown of Biosphere, Bel Canto and Röyksopp), is one of the veterans on the Norwegian electronic scene. He has released three albums as a part of the duo Information, and a lot of 12"ers and remixes under various aliases since 1990. This is the first time he is presenting 100 % his own material on CD.
Svalastog has been working around the world as an architect, musician, DJ, stoneworker and performance artist, and Silencer can easily be interpreted as a way to return back home. He is improvising on archaic folk instruments like the ram's horn and langeleik, which is a Norwegian form of the zither. He is then cutting up the sound before processing it on the computer. What comes out is described as a new kind of folk music. With Silencer he takes the electronics out of the city and far into the Norwegian woods. He is not shouting out load, rather using a silencer, and is situated in an undefined landscape somewhere between the mountain and the city. It's all about complex compositions that also manages to hit the listener in a genuine and direct way.
Silencer is released in collaboration with Information Recordings. The label has done few but exclusive releases since they in 1997 showed us the minimalistic classic Lack of Memory 12".