Norwegian singer-songwriter Silje Nes will release her second full-length album, Optiks, on Monday.

The record is Nes’ first since 2007’s Ames Room, which won acclaim for its gentle melodies and catchy hooks.

Nes relocated to Berlin to make Opticks, called after Isaac Newton’s 1704 book about the science of light, a process that took almost a year and a half.

Like her debut, Opticks was mostly home-recorded. Nes says she uses “basically anything I have lying around, adding random recordings of things, video clips, effects...”

The singer performed in an indie band, played timpani in an orchestra and bass drum in a marching band before settling on a solo career in 2001.

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