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SILVER HEART - PART 1

Pokerface

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

01 Der Schloß Adler 2:03
02 Thank you Wendy 5:54
03 Sticks and Stones 4:34
04 Autumn-Winter-Fall 3:54
05 Muttersprache 3:32
06 Heartland (To Dad) 9:52
07 Muttersprache Reprise 3:55
08 Sticks and Stones - Live (bonus) 4:01
09 Beginnings and Endings - Live (bonus) 6:44
10 Krtek ve Snu - Live (bonus) 4:28
11 Beneath the Tree - Live (bonus) 4:28



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Line-up / Musicians

- Stefan Heidevik / vox, synths, keys, programming
- Per Ericsson / reeds, wind-instruments (track 1, 8-10)
- Tobias Axelsson / bass (track 1, 6, 8-10)
- Mattis Karlsson / guitar (track 6)
- Bryan Baker / guitar (track 2, 4)
- Morgan Ågren / drums (track 2)
- Oscar Johansson / drums (track 6)
- Petter Rapp / accordion (track 1, 8-11)


Releases information

Self Released on February 16, 2013

Produced by Stefan Heidevik & Andreas Karlsson 2008-2013
Mastered at Studio Nonolith by Andreas Karlsson
Tracks 2 & 6 mixed at Studio Nonolith by Andreas Karlsson
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5 & 7 mixed at Red Room by Stefan Heidevik
Tracks 8-11 recorded at Nya China, ?rebro 24/04/2012 by Gustav Brand?n
Coverphoto by Tobias Solem

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Review by zravkapt
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Post/Math Rock Team
4 stars Pokerface is the Swedish group consisting of keyboardist/vocalist Stefan Heidevik and whoever he happens to be working with at the time. Silver Heart - Part 1 is I assume the first of a two-part work. In general, what is found here is similar to the last album Transeo. Differences include the absence of saxophone and trumpet, but the addition of an accordion. For whatever reason some of the song titles are in German. Basically the music of Pokerface can be described as a mix of modern experimental electronic music and 'traditional' avant-prog. Programmed beats are mixed with an actual human drummer; the drumming on this album stands out more than on the last one.

"Der Schloß Adler" is a short intro track which sounds like a mix of Finnish avant-proggers Alamaailman Vasarat and British IDM legends Autechre. "Thank You Wendy" starts off with some icy synth arpeggios and a little bit of guitar before turning into some electronic rock with jazzy guitar. Towards the end the drummer goes berserk in some great controlled chaos. "Sticks And Stones" is one of the highlights and one of the more accessible songs here. We get vocals for the first time on the album, both wordless harmony vocals and solo vocals in English. A moody piece of music but also oddly uplifting as well. Based around a slow metronome-like beat and synths.

"Autumn-Winter-Fall" is the most avant track on the album. No beats or any kind of a real melody or rhythm. Just synthetic crunching like sounds before some synth notes get repeated and accelerated. A little bit of guitar here which reminds me of Syd Barrett. "Muttersprache" is more in IDM territory musically while the vocals (which sound like both male and female) are subdued and moody. "Heartland (To Dad)" gets into post-rock/shoegaze mode. Nice atmospheric guitarwork soars over a repetitive and almost hypnotic rhythm on drums and bass. The drum pattern is fairly intricate while sounding more simple.

This song features singing which is doubled on a keyboard or vibes. Halfway the guitar playing changes to chords almost playing riffs, then goes back to being atmospheric. "Muttersprache Reprise" takes the melodies of the original and replicates them on strings. This time features two different sounding male voices. Silver Heart - Part 1 is a good follow-up to Transeo and is even better and more consistent. Recommended to fans of avant-rock and electronic-oriented rock. Who knows what Part 2 is going to sound like. I will give this 4 stars.

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Posted Saturday, February 16, 2013

Review by octopus-4
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team
4 stars In reviewing Transeo, the previous album of the Pokerface project I have looked for similarities. Rereading it I have mentioned Christian Kolf and Ozric tentacles. Now, even if some similarities can be found, I can say that this new pokerface album is highly original and with a very distinctive sound.

There's much electronics, especially in drumming, some touches of jazz spreaded here and there, and a general darkness which sometimes trespasses into the space rock realm.

"Der Schloß Adler" (The Castle Eagle) is different from the other album's tracks, so it can't give a clear idea of what the listener will find. The concertina which sets up the rhythmic base and the drone drumming behind create a sort of dark ambient mixture with some flavor of jazz. The short pauses of silence and background music reminds to the ethnic interludes of Senmuth but absolutely not outplaced.

"Thank You Wendy" is amazing. Dreamy bells on which a guitar plays a sort of blues-rock in a contrast which sounds weird and dark. Bass and percussions add a touch of electronics while the total absence of melody is incredible, Every sound is studied, no notes are misplaced while the electric guitar explores the world of acid jazz. Instruments playing things apparently different and disconnected, including the first "real drums" riff, able to create something structured and consistent. Order coming from chaos.

"Sticks And Stones" opens like a Tangerine Dream track of the pink period: an organ playing discordant chords, but it's just for few moments. The heavy percussion and the choir deploy a layer of darkness, then the song starts. It's a slow jazzy song with a weird arrangement. I've been recently listening to Carla Bley and this song with its sudden but smooth changes of pitch has something similar.

"Autumn-Winter-Fall" is spacey. I have mentioned "trespassing to space rock", well, this is the first journey out of that border. One of the best moments of the whole album followed by "Muttersprache" (Mother's Speech) which runs in the same realm, with a choir whose female voice is not credited (unless it's an effect). I can't follow the lyrics, but it gives me the idea of sounds heard by a fetus.

The next track, "Heartland (To Dad)", is another spacey follow-up with a background layer of, I think, distorted guitar. The voice usually does what's possible to avoid being trivial or even melodic, but this song is the most melodic one. Very dark and electronic, but melodic. "Lost in time" he repeats...I'd like to know what the lyrics say, as my impression is of a moving song, the less experimental which has also a rocking part starting just in the middle of the song and a spacey coda.

The reprise of "Muttersprache" reprises the theme but now the mood is darker. It's not a darkness made of perils and fears. It's a darkness made of incoming dreams, it's faliing asleep and find yourself in a different world, while the muffled sounds of a voice arrive distorted to your ears. It looks like a dark lullaby.

Since now, a number of bonus tracks come. The first is a live version of "Sticks and Stones" enhanced by an excellent trumpet which makes it sound even more jazz. "Beginnings and Endings comes from Transeo. Its live arrangement, thanks also to the trumpet, cries "jazz", as well as "Krtek ve Snu" (Mole in a Dream). The particularity of this second track is the (electronic) drumming line.

This excellent album is closed by an unreleased live track, "Beneath The Tree" whose instrumentation is very particular and reminds me to the early works of Laurie Anderson.

It can't have less than 4 stars

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2 stars Pokerface is an artist which we haven't heard so much about here at Prog Archives. His name is Stefan Heidevik and seems to be an artist making his music mostly with help of a computer. That's also a way to do it and I'll try to don't let my prejudicies ruin it. "Silver Heart - Part 1" is his ... (read more)

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