Swedish four-piece Jeniferever have been nurturing their refreshing take on atmospheric rock since the release of debut EP Iris in 2004, a forty minute excursion spread over four songs. Lifting from post-rock and shoegaze, their songs boast a familiar grandeur but are riddled with coruscating runs towards more linear territory, like a gentler Appleseed Cast, or a more opaque revision of Death Cab for Cutie's early output.

Their new release Silesia finds the group in fine form. Where previous record Spring Tides invested in stark clarity to showcase their slow-and-swaying compositions, this release casts an encompassing shadow over proceedings with a whitewash production job led by grinding bass and looming synths. More direct and with unanticipated moments of upbeat fervour, it's an intriguing entry into a canon that now extends to three albums and two Eps.

Free download single 'Waifs and Strays' is placed early in the record and sets the scene for much of what is to come. Though the melodies are peppered with a new-found 80's chart sensibility, its bar lengths tilt between timings with a palpable uncertainty to deter any ideas of immediacy or all-out pop. The rest of the record follows suit, winding through the stirring 'A Drink to Remember' to an unexpected moment of urgency in the guise of 'Deception Pass', during which the band cast aside their usual contemplative pacing to storm through a relatively succinct four minutes of pounding drums and frantic guitars.

'Cathedral Peak' provides the record with its brooding centrepiece. Plaintive piano stalks the backdrop and meanders around a marching snare rhythm, ushering the song towards climax. The crashing finale springs from austerity to deliver legato strings and hushed organ sounds, pulling from major to minor chords and back with a curious detachment from what preceded it. In short, it's enveloping stuff.

What gripes present themselves initially tend to soon fade. Front-man Kristofer Jönson's gasped vocal sits low in the mix throughout the record, maintaining only a soft presence and leaving his lyrics to dot in and out of audibility. It is tempting to suggest his capable vocal talents deserve, perhaps even demand, to be more upfront, but there's something here that resonates with the nostalgia and melancholy rife in this body of songs, like recalling an encounter or conversation that sits hazily in the doldrums of your memories, you can only grasp at words before they disappear into those murky depths again.

Silesia bears the assured charm and unfaltering intensity of a band at ease with themselves. Both powerful and provocative, it has all the hallmarks of a record that will stay with you for years to come.

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