This one completely slipped under my radar: Norwegian avant-jazz collective Supersilent have released their first studio album in five years, entitled — not surprisingly — 8.
I picked up their last LP — 2003’s 6 — after reading a very favorable review in Pitchfork. It was a challenging work, to say the least, but I ended up surprised and intrigued by the group’s beautiful (if demanding) improvisational nature.
8 is available from Rune Grammofon. Unfortunately, the only sound clips I can find are some short ones courtesy of MusicOnline and BoomKat — but somehow, I doubt you can get a good feel for Supersilent’s music in just 30 seconds or so.