Peter Silberman was, and perhaps still is, the front man of NYC chamber pop group Antlers who are not a noisy band but are loud enough to cause him to suffer from debilitating tinnitus.
This hearing impairment resulted in a temporary total hearing loss in one ear and meant that he was highly sensitive to everyday sounds, including his own voice.
Not surprisingly he sought out quiet spaces and found the tranquillity he needed in a secluded setting in upstate New York.
Gentle playing of a nylon-string acoustic guitar and whisper-singing became his re-entry point to music and accounts for the sparse, minimal arrangements on his first solo album.
The recordings were made in what Silberman calls "a sacred sonic space" and the songs resemble prayers or lullabies as they trace the stages of healing.
They have the same calm, restful quality you find on the ballads of Jeff Buckley or Sufyan Stevens.
He says "I was conscious to only say what needed to be said. The six songs have an economy of expression, the spaces between the words as important as the words themselves".
"I'm disassembling piece by piece" he laments on the first track Karuna, but by the end a graceful spirit of acceptance remains.