Silence Blossoms – OUT NOW

All of us here at Efpi are extremely proud to present the self-titled debut album from Anglo-Swedish trio Silence Blossoms, released today and available from the Efpi online shop, Amazon, iTunes and all good music retailers.

We also have an extremely limited edition set of A1 art posters with beautiful artwork by the incredible artist Angela Guyton, a great friend of Efpi and the band who also designed and hand-created the eco-friendly CD packaging. The posters are exclusively available through the Efpi online shop.

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We are delighted that the album has had an extremely positive response so far – check out what some reviewers have had to say below. You may also have heard a track from the album played on BBC 6music yesterday by Jimi Goodwin, who was sitting in on Guy Garvey’s show and was ‘psyched’ about the record! Listen again for the next few weeks here (SB are on from 39.37 but the whole show is definitely worth a listen!).

“Haunted and corrupted modern folk laments, possessed of a gelid Baltic beauty”
MOJO

“The whole thing has a strange innocence or maybe it’s an innocent strangeness. Sometimes it’s like folk music, at others like surreal art music. Imagine a soundtrack for Hansel & Gretel directed by Tim Burton”
The Jazz Breakfast (full review here)

“Patti Smith-like in their scalding intensity, revolutionary in the free-jazz heat hidden within the cauldron of their sound, poetic, caustic and vital, Silence Blossoms take no prisoners.”
Marlbank (full review here)

Silence Blossoms will celebrate the album release with a special gig at the Soup Kitchen in Manchester on Wednesday 23rd July during the Manchester Jazz Festival. The gig is a double bill with Space F!ght from Leeds, all the details are here – don’t miss what is sure to be a really special evening.

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Photo by Andy Newcombe


Posted: July 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Silence Blossoms | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Silence Blossoms – debut album released 21st July

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We are delighted to announce the self-titled debut album from Anglo-Swedish group Silence Blossoms, which will be released on Efpi Records on 21st July 2014 as a limited edition CD in handcrafted eco packaging as well as download. Both formats are available to pre-order from the Efpi online shop NOW, and will be available through all good music retailers on release date.

Silence Blossoms consists of Sam Andreae (composition, tenor saxophone, voice, guitar, electronics), Hanna Olivegren (voice, synthesiser) and Gus Loxbo (double bass, guitar, voice, saw), who met when they were all living and studying in Stockholm in 2010. Using contemporary poetry by the likes of Simon Armitage, Stevie Smith and Sarah Maguire as a starting point for their work, the group combine their texts with folk-inspired melodies and bring them into an improvised music soundworld – always keeping the philosophies and ideas that make improvisation such an exciting format for expression, whilst at the same time introducing the structure and familiar shapes of song. Andreae’s compositions anchor the music and give the group space to restlessly explore contrasting themes of darkness and light, aggression and fragility, pain and joy.

The band will celebrate the album’s release with an appearance at the Manchester Jazz Festival on Wednesday 23rd July in a double bill with Space F!ght at the Soup Kitchen – for more details check out the mjf website. Certainly an event not to be missed – check out the video below from their recent UK tour as proof.


Posted: June 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Silence Blossoms | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

FREEDOM PRINCIPLE: Large Ensemble Blowout II!

Following on from last September’s inaugural large-ensemble blow-out, here is part II. We at Freedom Principle have cajoled two of Manchesters’ finest musicians into each writing a set of tunes for big band.

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Johnny Hunter and Graham South – compositions

Kyran Matthews, Oliver Dover, Ben Cottrell – saxophones
Graham South, Nick Walters – trumpets
Ed Horsey, Rich McVeigh – trombones
Adam Fairhall – keys
Seth Bennett – bass
Johnny Hunter – drumms

Come along and see what they came up with. This is a world exclusive premiere of brand new material! There may or may not be voting at the end*

Sunday 1st June 7:30pm doors
Kro Bar, 325 Oxford Road, M13 9PG Manchester, United Kingdom (opposite Manchester University Students Union)
£3/5 suggested donation.

Say hello at the facebook event here

*No voting will happen. This is not a competition.


Posted: May 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Freedom Principle, Gigs, Johnny Hunter Quartet | Tags: , , | No Comments »

SILENCE BLOSSOMS spring tour round-up

Silence Blossoms have been knocking around various parts of the UK this spring and if you’ve been lucky enough to bump into them I think you will agree they were on top form. As ever they played a variety of venues (ranging from a late-Victorian neo-Gothic library in Manchester to a campfire circle [acapella performance] in Canterbury) and by all reports met a great bunch of people along the way and they formally send there thanks for that (thanks to you, the people, not a higher power god type thing). To top of the tour they played at the soon-to-be-legendary Titwrench Festival in Stockholm.

Here are a couple of videos from the tour, more to follow, watch this space:


Posted: May 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Silence Blossoms – SINGLE OUT NOW

Here’s the 2nd double single (that’s a mouthfull!) to be released from the bands up-coming debut album out in July. It features Gus, Hanna and Sam along some great guest musicians and words by the poet Pascale Petit along with artwork by the ever fantastic Angela Guyton.


Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Silence Blossoms | No Comments »

Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii – Debut LP OUT NOW!

This is the newest band to join the Efpi fold, and a wild one it sure is. The group formed in Norway and perform their own takes of classic rock and roll songs with lashings of raucous improv and a fair dose joyful irony. Out on digital and Vinyl (Efpi’s very first) get your copies quick here:


Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Trio Riot – OUT NOW!

Here at Efpi we’re all really excited that the debut album from Trio Riot (Mette Rasmussen/Sam Andreae/David Meier) is finally here… We’re also really pleased that the record has been very well received by reviewers so far – check out some of the things people have had to say below and then judge for yourself!

The album is available from the Efpi online shop here, or from Amazon or iTunes if you prefer. It comes in a very classy cardboard case, screenprinted and letterpressed by hand with artwork and insert/poster all designed by Simen Engen Larsen in Trondheim, Norway. Take a look at the CD (and Sam’s living room) in the short video below.

“When something like Trio Riot comes along it feels totally refreshing, giving a new lease of life to one’s enthusiasm for jazz as an adventurous art. They play with such verve, incisiveness, conviction and sheer enjoyment that everything they do sounds fresh and immediate” BBC Music Magazine *****

“There’s more stored energy on this record than the contents of a warehouse full of Red Bull” Stephen Graham, Marlbank ****

“Any band that manages to sound like a collision of The Stooges, Captain Beefheart, Albert Ayler and the Art Ensemble Chicago is all right by me” Jazzwise

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Trio Riot will be celebrating the album release with a short series of dates in England next week, including album launches at The Vortex in London and Freedom Principle in Manchester. Full details of all dates below, don’t miss them!

Monday 24th March: The Vortex, LONDON – 8pm, £9
Tuesday 25th March: Jazz Cafe, NEWCASTLE – 8pm, £8/£6
Wednesday 26th March: Dulcimer, MANCHESTER – 8pm, £5
Thursday 27th March: Free Range at the Vegbox Cafe, CANTERBURY – 8pm FREE


Posted: March 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Releases, Trio Riot | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Trio Riot – New Album + UK Tour

Efpi are proud to present the debut album from Trio Riot, a hard-hitting Anglo-Danish-Swiss punk-jazz outfit consisting of Mette Rasmussen (alto saxophone), Sam Andreae (tenor saxophone) and David Meier (drums). Formed in Helsinki in 2009, the band will be familiar to audiences across Europe having toured in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and England, and each of the three band members are emerging on the thriving Northern European improv and experimental music scene in their own right.

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Trio Riot relate their sense of energy to the 1980s British punk scene, with an approach to sound inspired by Ornette Coleman and a compositional style frequently drawing inspiration from 20th century contemporary music. The likes of Anthony Braxton, Tim Berne, The Thing, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, X-ray Spex, Eric Dolphy, Morton Feldman, Jim Black and The Zs are also key amongst their varied influences.

The band have heavily developed their sound while touring in England, particularly in the north where their main rehearsal base is in Macclesfield (around the corner from the childhood home of Joy Division’s Ian Curtis), and their music draws on the town’s hard-working, Northern, working class roots in it’s gritty power and openness. Check out their anthemic cover of the Joy Division tune Disorder above.

Trio Riot will be released on Efpi Records on 17th March 2014 and is available to pre-order now from the Efpi shop and Amazon (the album will also be available on iTunes on release). The band will be embarking on a short tour across England beginning on 24th March in London with dates in Newcastle, Manchester and Canterbury – full details below.

Monday 24th March: The Vortex, LONDON – 8pm, £9
Tuesday 25th March: Jazz Cafe, NEWCASTLE – 8pm, £8/£6
Wednesday 26th March: Dulcimer, MANCHESTER – 8pm, £5
Thursday 27th March: Free Range at the Vegbox Cafe, CANTERBURY – 8pm FREE


Posted: March 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Releases, Trio Riot | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Let Spin UK Tour

Hot on the heels of the release of their eponymous debut album, tonight (Monday 17th) Let Spin head off to Bath before embarking on an extensive tour supported by Jazz Services. The tour will include not one but TWO official album launches – one in the North (Matt & Phred’s, Manchester with Freedom Principle DJs: Thursday 20th) and one in the South (The Vortex, London: Thursday 27th). Full dates are below.

Monday 17th: The Bell Inn, BATH – 9pm Free
Tuesday 18th: Dempseys, CARDIFF – 9pm £7/£5
Wednesday 19th: The Lescar, SHEFFIELD – 9pm £5
Thursday 20th: Matt & Phreds Jazz Club, MANCHESTER – 9pm Free
Friday 21st: Fox and Newt, LEEDS – 8:30pm £8/£6
Saturday 22nd: Zeffirelli’s, AMBLESIDE – 8:30pm Free
Sunday 23rd: Splinter @ Bridge Hotel, NEWCASTLE – 8pm £8/£6
Tuesday 25th: The Art Bar (Formerly The Bullingdon), OXFORD – 9pm Free
Wednesday 26th: The Tin Music & Arts Centre, COVENTRY – 8:30pm £6 adv, £8/£4
Thursday 27th: The Vortex, LONDON – 8:30pm £9/£6

Let Spin Green Note

If you still need some convincing to come along to one of the gigs, check out the album in full below while reading what some of the critics said in their reviews:

Fans of Acoustic Ladyland & Led Bib will go for it as might followers of Bill Frisell, EST, Get The Blessing, or even such head-on rockers as Queens of the Stone Age. A significant new UK jazz forceThe Guardian (John Fordham) ****

While it’s clear to see the influences of the member’s previous work, they have managed to create their own sound utilising strong edgy grooves to great effectJazzwise

British punk-jazz with a wiry electrical crackle… There are nods towards the rockier end of ’70s fusion, but there is a woozy beauty to slow-burnersUncut

The quartet’s debut recording finds them gleefully rollicking through a selection of pieces that, while pleasingly boisterous in places, finds the space the display the band’s ample subtleties – recommendedJazzUK

Some of the music is the kind of full on “skronk” one might expect from the members’ pedigrees but there’s also a high degree of subtlety and sophistication alongside the sonic blusterIan Mann, The Jazzmann ****

A mix of exciting, often frantic, solos and ensembles as well as contrasting dark melancholic pieces… An album that could sway some of the more conservative jazzers into uncharted waters and encourage them to return many timesLance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here


Posted: February 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Gigs, Let Spin | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »