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  • Summary: the 13th release for the avant-garde Norwegian trio of Arve Henriksen, Helge Sten (aka Deathprod) and Ståle Storløkken was recorded from the music coming out from its stage PA system.
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  • Record Label: Smalltown Supersound
  • Genre(s): Jazz, Avant-Garde, Pop/Rock, Experimental Rock, Free Improvisation
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. Nov 22, 2016
    90
    The added bonus is the way this release is inclusive of the familiar textures of more poplar electronics. It's wide open and intelligent, and comes highly recommended.
  2. Oct 24, 2016
    80
    Ultimately, 13 is a lens buffer for viewing Supersilent’s previous interrogations of how conditioned humans process sound and space, yet it needn’t in itself be a normative work.
  3. Oct 5, 2016
    70
    This is the sound of expert experimenters who commence with an economical, even polite inquisitive conversation before developing their dialogue to a point where total creative and emotional expression is set free.
  4. Oct 5, 2016
    70
    That's the fascination and the frustration of Supersilent: it's like they keep destroying the lineaments of form just for the pleasure of vouchsafing them to us again.
  5. 70
    13 has enough ominous tension to justify numerical superstitions. In fact, you could do worse than to make this album a cornerstone of your Halloween soundtrack this year.
  6. The Wire
    Nov 8, 2016
    70
    It has a few surprises and sharp edges, but the structures are unstable. Like the post-rock improv of Aethenor, occasional bolts of energy strike and convulse the players. In its second half, however, 13 finally picks up momentum. [Oct 2016, p.60]
  7. Oct 5, 2016
    60
    “13.6” is where the album takes a noticeable turn and Supersilent finally finds its way.