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When I started recording this album I had come up with the idea of releasing it as an illustrated book with a CD attached. For every song I had an illustration in mind, or the other way around. That turned out to be a lot of work and pretty expensive to publish, so I settled for a traditional album format. Well, not even that, a traditional digital album format. An idyll is usually used in poetry and prose (just like the first song, Preface) as a romantic or peaceful interlude, sometimes ending abruptly. I thought it would be fitting to put it there, as a resting point after those gloomy tales.


from Tales of Woe, released December 1, 2018


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Silas J. Dirge Amsterdam, Netherlands

Silas J. Dirge is the moniker adopted by songwriter Jan Kooiker. Combining an acoustic folk sound with Morriconesque guitars, he sings about everyday subjects like giving in to your black soul and having conversations with Death.

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