With their fourth studio album, Silence are to become part of the legend surrounding Matej Smolnik a.k.a. Vain, a promising young artist whose sudden death in 1998 – a death that remains shrouded in mystery – unveiled a unique musical legacy, as well as an assorted collection of prose and drawings.
The connection between Vain and Silence is apparent yet difficult to pinpoint. They share many things: bits and pieces of their past, certain aspects of their personalities and, most importantly, their work. It is impossible to draw a clear line between Vain and Silence, as it is impossible to distinguish between myth and reality.
The music, a combination of electronic beats and acoustic elements – ranging from classical string arrangements to exotic instruments (santur, koto, valiha…) – is where Vain and Silenceare one: uncompromising and undeterred by the suffocating demands of the music business. As Vain once wrote in his diary: »The trouble with music is that it often deals with listeners.«
The album features a stunning cover of HALL OF MIRRORS originally written by the German electronic pioneers KRAFTWERK. The version features guest vocals of chart star ANNE CLARK (»Sleeper in Metropolis«) and has been endorsed by Mr.Huetter of Kraftwerk personally and publically in a recent interview.