We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

The Empire of Silence (Bonus Track Version)

by Marsen Jules

supported by
<=> thumbnail
<=> An album that is richly ethereal (light and airy) and yet minimal that gives a sense of sparseness or wide openness as a whole. Some tracks have hints of compositional structure and others more drone like explorations. In sum, the album is easy to listen to whether active or passive listening. Enjoy. Favorite track: kayi.
David Kellett
David Kellett thumbnail
David Kellett ive listened to the preveiw tracks now and am eagerly awaiting the full release. i love the "natual" sound of the strings / orchestra doing things that a "real" string section would not. I enjoy the contemplative nature of this music that gives alot of space and time to the listener to alow the sounds to unfurl in all theist detail.
penstla 04:12
tlaslo 05:31
kayi 05:04
skriniya 06:00
katiyana 09:04
naklin 06:01
chahatlin 12:42
ylaipi 06:17


Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the particle-layer through the sound-continuum. Diving deeper into the sounds then ever before, he lets the frequencies mirror on the sound spectrum with an impressing precision. Actually there is not much space for “real“ silence on the album. Instead the epic sounds of “The Empire of Silence“ seem to unfold their archaic euphoria best at high volumes. An euphoria that carries everything away and occupies the whole space. For the track titles of the eight gems on this album Jules refers to different Words for snow in Inuit language, of which the legend says there are dozens. While the melancholic openers “penstla“ (the idea of snow) and “tlaslo“ (snow that falls slowly) still travel on soft ways, the album raises to its full euphoria with “kayi“ (drifting snow) and “skriniya“ (snow that never reaches the ground). With its epic magic the nine minute long “katiyana“ (night snow) thrills the listeners attention while “naklin“ (forgotten snow) brings a short inhale. The album finds its peak with the ecstatic glisandi of „chathalin“ (snow that makes a sizzling sound as it falls on water) and finds its finish in the beautiful and lofty “ylaipi“ (tomorrow´s snow). For everyone who is still not satisfied fully after this 55 minute journey through nearly endless stringlisandi, we recommend the 45-minute bonus track which comes as digital download with the cd version on bandcamp.


released March 30, 2015

Written and produced by Martin Juhls / Mastering by Jason Corder / Design by Keep Adding (www.keepadding.com)

Distributed by KOMPAKT


all rights reserved



Oktaf Germany

contact / help

Contact Oktaf

Streaming and
Download help

Shipping and returns

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like The Empire of Silence (Bonus Track Version), you may also like: