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LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE)

Post Rock/Math rock • Denmark


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Founded in Århus, Denmark in 2004

Lis Er Stille (recently Liserstille) is a band founded as an art project between the painter Vindril and singer Martin Byrialsen. The idea of this project was for Martin to make Vindril's paintings into music, but as time passed the music grew and a band was build from it.

Lis Er Stille's philosophy on making music made their music fairly broad in influences while being subtle when presenting them in their music. They released their debut, Construction of the Amp Train, in 2006 and it received great reviews as well as being "pick of the month" on June of the same year by Rolling Stone Magazine's senior editor David Fricke. In April of 2007 the band released their second album, Apathobvious, which saw the band's ambitious and grandiose way of making music with longer compositions and album length as well as a wider music vocabulary.

When looking at Lis Er Stille from the surface most of their compositions resemble that of post-rock bands as well as some alternative rock bands like Muse, Coldplay and others, but there's also a prog rock undertone in them. Some people recall past prog rockers when hearing Lis Er Stille while most will likely see links with the modern prog and related bands. Highly recommended for fans of post-rock and the modern alternative / prog bands.


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3.31 | 13 ratings
The Construction Of The AmpTrain
2006
4.11 | 9 ratings
Apathobvious
2007
3.88 | 49 ratings
The Collibro
2010
4.00 | 23 ratings
Nous
2012
3.90 | 21 ratings
Empirical Ghost
2015

LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE) Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.33 | 3 ratings
Midnight Wave (Live at Radar 2015)
2016
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ilt
2019

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5.00 | 2 ratings
Flight of Belljár
2013

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 The Construction Of The AmpTrain by LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE) album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.31 | 13 ratings

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The Construction Of The AmpTrain
Lis Er Stille (Liserstille) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by siLLy puPPy
Collaborator PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams

3 stars Approach is everything in playing music and often bands that started a musical project for one reason find that it evolved into something completely different but the chemistry of different band members finding a similar approach is what allowed it to grow into a completely new entity. Such is the case of the Danish post-rock band LISERSTILLE (alternately spelled Lis Er Stille and means Lis (female name) is quiet) which formed in 2004 in Aarhus, Denmark intended as a project that would provide a musical accompaniment to visual arts.

Once the demos were recorded, the label Target Records displayed an immediate interest and the visual project turned into a bonafide band project that has carried on into the modern day. So far LISERSTILLE has released a total of seven albums with this one, THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AMPTRAIN having been released in 2006. This band started out as and remains the quartet of Martin Byrialsen (vocals, piano), Tue Schmidt Rasmussen (guitar, effects), Asbjørn Helboe (bass, synth) and Jon Gotlev (drums, electronics, effects) however the secret fourth member has been Rosanna Lorenzen who contributes cello and backing vocals.

LISERSTILLE didn't waste any time in getting their music out there. The same year this debut emerged the band was already playing lots of live gigs including the Roskilde Festival. In the world of post-rock there have been many avenues to create a dreamy musical procession with cyclical loops of sound and otherworldly atmospheric effects and in the case of LISERSTILLE, these Danes didn't look towards the more straight forward sounds of Mogwai or Explosions In The Sky but rather found more inspiration from Iceland's Sigur Ros as they cast a hypnotic spell that forged a bridge between the world of post-rock, space rock and prog.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE AMPTRAIN is very much a product of the 21st century with a crystal clear production but offers a traditional vinyl album's playing time just barely over 41 minutes. The album features only four tracks each slightly longer than the next. The opening "Styrke" starts things at just over eight minutes and the closing "End Credits" sprawls to almost thirteen. "Styrke" begins the album strangely with just vocals. It sounds like some sort of singer / songwriter dealie-bop without instrumentation but after the main melodic groove is firmly cast, the rock elements burst in to add the heft needed to make this one live up to the promises of amps blasting. Interestingly the word godspeed is used quite a bit here however this band is less abstract than Godspeed You! Black Emperor and although gloomy, more emotive.

The following "Forsyn" truly evokes Sigur Ros especially on its lauded "Ágætis byrjun" album with the post-rock cyclical nature decorated with dream pop serotonin releasing happiness and sophisticated electronic ambiance in contrapuntal waves. While a little too close for comfort in many ways regarding Iceland's top post-rock export, LISERSTILLE does deliver a different style of rock with power chords punctuating the melancholic march with off-kilter time signatures. In other words while Sigur Ros excels in maximizing the dreamy ambience without engaging as many outbursts (on some albums), LISERSTILLE makes it a point to deliver a variety of heftier rock elements. There are some funk bass slapping and guitar licks as well.

"Løbetid" is my least liked track here. This is sort of a Sigur Rose by the books number and begins slow and whiny. Unfortunately i find the melody irritating as well. Who knows why but this track has elements that conspire to push skip but of course i sat it out twice in order to fairly review this album. Can't stand dude's vocals here and even the thundering rock climax at the end isn't enough. "End Credits" is a different story. Not only the longest track on the album but the one that appeals to me the most. Starting with some nice echoey guitars and simulated chimes via the keys, the band seems to recalibrate itself so that all the sounds are once again pleasing to my ears. As expected this 13-minute sprawler spends a lot of time on one musical motif and then ratcheting up to the next and offering a grand finale of a climax.

Overall this is a mixed bag. LISERSTILLE hadn't quite latched onto a truly original sound quite yet. Sigur Ros is the clear point of worship and although the band does manage not to sound like a clone, the soundscapes are more than a bit derivative but post-rock is a difficult genre to truly find complete originality so i'll cut them some slack. I guess what bugs me the most is the inconsistent nature of quality. On the surface if this was the first post-rock album you'd ever experienced then this would blow you away but if you're well steeped in the history of the genre and reveled in the best the genre has to offer then this one doesn't quite have what it takes to enter the world of excellence although it's very close. Performances are spectacular, the diversity of the tracks is also well thought out. In the end my main complaints come from the too close to Sigur Ros aspects and the fact that the vocals and melodies don't always sound pleasing to my ears. My subjective take of course but it is what it is.

3.5 rounded down

 The Collibro by LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.88 | 49 ratings

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The Collibro
Lis Er Stille (Liserstille) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars LIS ER STILLE are a band out of Denmark who play an epic and dramatic sounding brand of Prog Rock bringing MUSE to mind at times. A little too commercial sounding for me plus I'm not big on the drumming and a lesser extent to the vocals. This just wasn't something I got a lot of enjoyment out of despite the obvious musical talents on display. Listed as Post-Rock I didn't hear a lot of that either, at least on this album. I did hear a song from their debut that sounded a lot different the music here which sounds more modern than that song. A four piece band with two of them playing melodica. Some guest chorus vocals on several tracks giving an even more epic vibe to the proceedings.

This clocks in at close to 67 minutes and begins with "All The Blood" with the dramatic chorus vocals and drums. Explosive sounds 2 minutes in. "Send In The Scouts" sounds really good to start and the vocals arrive after 2 minutes. Some nice guitar in the extended instrumental. Almost doom-like sounds 6 minutes in as the vocals return. So epic. "Recalling The Color" is uptempo with relentless drums. It settles after 2 minutes but not for long. Plenty of piano will follow before another calm after 5 minutes. Fragile vocals after 6 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in a minute later.

"Like A Common Wave" is a short and reserved vocal track. "Shards Of The Ending" has lots of atmosphere before the vocals join in around 2 minutes. It then explodes with pounding drums and I'm not into this. The drums will calm right down along with the song. It builds again after 7 minutes. "Through The Quests Of Your Designs" opens with the drums and vocals standing out. It turns fuller after 2 minutes but then settles back. Drums are the constant as the tempo continues to change. "Break Or seal" is a short piece with fragile vocals and piano.

"The Real Children" has a deeper sound to it including the vocals. A nice change and the bass stands out for once. Back to their usual sound after 2 minutes though including the vocals. "The Painted" has reserved vocals with piano and atmosphere. It starts to pick up until it's high energy before 3 1/2 minutes. Not a fan but then it settles right down like earlier as themes are repeated. "Behold The Remnant Parts Of Me" is another short piece with piano and vocals.

"In The Seed" has exotic sounds throughout as it blends into "Beneath The Broken Country" where piano and reserved vocals take over quickly. Multi-vocals after a minute as that dramatic vibe kicks in again. Drums and atmosphere follow then guitar. It's kind of experimental after 3 minutes then it builds.

So a lot of people are into this band and I get why but this album just isn't my thing.

 The Collibro by LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.88 | 49 ratings

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The Collibro
Lis Er Stille (Liserstille) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Talbot

5 stars I'm generally not the greatest fan of the modern "progressive" alt rock put out by bands such as Muse, but on this record, Lis er Stille manage to push through what made that genre boring and stagnant. Every song is complex, layered and well thought out. The approach to composition seems more classically based than other heavy rock, but the rock is still very much there. Of particular note are Martin Byrialsen's organic sounding keyboards, which provide ethereal yet fitting textures to the music which contrast nicely with the guitar and drums as well as pleasant and appropriate piano interludes during the middle of longer songs. The album feels like it has a concept or narrative of some sort, although I have yet to work out what it is. Overall a fantastic album particularly for fans of progressive hard rock or alternative rock.
 The Collibro by LIS ER STILLE (LISERSTILLE) album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.88 | 49 ratings

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The Collibro
Lis Er Stille (Liserstille) Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Thandrus

5 stars It's very strange that nobody yet has bothered to review this fantastic album, but alright, let me be the first. "The Collibro" is the third release of this Danish outfit. This album presents us the wonderful amalgam of post-rock ambiences and ingenious and progressive arrangements, with a bit of contemporary Alternative influences, used in moderate amounts to add a special spice. With most of the music on the album being complex and intensely active, band has cleverly used relaxing post-rock background and short interludes to avoid overtiring of the listener. As a result, the album has great flow and is a joy to listen throughout. It's very hard to pick highlights here, because albums is so uniformly great but if I had to choose one, I think it would be "Recalling The Color", brilliantly arranged song, with both dynamics and beauty.

To sum it up, this album has a broad appeal. Fans of Post Rock, The Mars Volta, Radiohead, Muse, or similar bands will certainly enjoy it, which means quite a big mainstream commercial perspective today. Apart from them, any lover of challenging rock music should at least try this. There's little chance of disappointment here. For me, it's one of the Top releases of 2010, and the work that deserves to be much more widely appreciated than it is now. 5 big stars, without any question.

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