News archive: Releases
Last year the Stockholm group Top Sound played live at the Friendly Noise club at Sugar Bar. Now we’re happy to release a single by them in our ongoing free mp3 series. If you’ve heard “A matter of precision” and “Francophilie” before do note that these are new and definite versions; proper late Summer hits!
“Embracing all clichés
detecting the flaws
chords from the North Pole”
“Hollow, yet solid
an enveloped incision
a matter of precision”
It’s time to announce that yes, there will be a Liminals vinyl record! A limited edition of 250 copies, so if you one want make sure to order here. This week we will send it to the manufacturers and then hopefully release it by the end of August.
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More future plans: Autumn will start for us by travelling to Norway on September 11th & 12th, when Testbild!, Liminals and Action Biker perform live at Phonofestivalen in Bergen.
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Here’s a nice review in Sound of music, by Mattias Jonsson, on the Volt festival including words about Differnet.
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And here’s Liminals on stage at “En ljummen i gräset” the other week, photo by Peder Fjällström, with 800 people in the audience.
Tomorrow, Thursday June 25th, Liminals will performance their second concert so far, which also is their first in Stockholm. It’s outdoors at the “En ljummen i gräset” event in Stockholm, together with Rafael Anton Irisarri and Paddington DC.
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A selection of www responses to our latest mp3 single releases:
This is the new single from The Dreamers, the duo of Kevin Wright and Sarah Nyberg Pergament. It’s their first release since the beautiful “Day For Night” album in 2007. Kevin and Sarah has meanwhile been busy with own projects; Kevin with recording and releasing the new Mr. Wright album out now on the Series Two label, and Sarah and Friendly Noise have, of course, released the debut Action Biker album “Hesperian Puisto”. “Någon Annan” (which some may remember from The Dreamers’ concerts, it was actually at #1 in the Digfi chart as early as 2007 on the strength of being heard live) and “My Stupid Heart” are two songs to download for free; enjoy and spread them as much as you like! The video are by Geoff Howell, who previously has produced moving images for Testbild! and Action Biker.
Here’s Kevin Wright on the new The Dreamers single:
“These two pieces are our personal favourites of all our songs. ‘Någon Annan’ started life in English but the words never sounded quite right. I suggested Sarah try and translate it into French but she had a better idea and our first Swedish song was born. Suddenly it gained a poetry it didn’t have in the original. We played it live and got a good reaction straight away, the emotion contained seems to be universal. Both songs are very simple. I only realised ‘My Stupid Heart’ was any good when I heard Sarah sing it. You often don’t realise what you have done until later. The recordings, done in Stockholm, are very simple and unadorned and contain something of the beauty we hoped for all along.”
# Liminals is a brand new project from Differnet members Tomas Bodén and Anna-Karin Brus and “Hearthand” (FYN 102) is their first release as Liminals. It’s a vinyl album (actually the first Friendly Noise vinyl release), including four long songs: “The swim”, “Hands (for Rosemary Brown)”, “Rubicon (dub mix)” and “Shine”. Total running time: 41:25 minutes
# Here’s Liminals’ own description of their techno pop: “Music for imaginary dancefloors. Music for walking, swimming or dancing in your sleep. Not so much underground as underwater: a loop in an ocean of sound, the sound of an ocean in a loop.”
# “Hearthand” will be released in a limited edition of 300 copies. For the first 100 pre-ordered copies the cover will be a handprinted, signed and numbered drawing by Anna-Karin Brus.
# It will also be available at Klicktrack and other download services, meaning unlimited availability for anyone who wants the music.
# It’s not until we receive 100 pre-orders that we will send the record to the manufacturing place. If not 100 people are interested in the artefact then we might release it as mp3:s instead. Or not at all.
# Those who pre-order an artefact will be guaranteed a copy of it, and you will be the first one who gets it. We will also always include an exclusive present, a poster or something similar in the package.
# All names of those who pre-order will be published on the Friendly Noise website as a gesture of our appreciation of your support. (For those who prefer to be anonymous, just let us know and we’ll keep it that way.)
# Hopefully “Hearthand” will be manufactured, released and delivered during June 2009. Thank you for your interest!
This is the new Friendly Noise single. Two songs by Sail A Whale to download for free, as mp3:s, videos and pictures. Some words from the group:
“For this our first release we present you with three items of reading to further elucidate your experience. Postproduction by Nicolas Bourriaud, A field guide to getting lost by Rebecca Solnit & The I Ching or Book of Changes. With love SLWHL.”
The release party was earlier this week, and the official release date - nowadays, without any kind of official distribution, that’s just a date to include in the press release so it all will look proper and 4 real for reviewers - is Wednesday 11 March, and listed below are the lovely persons who pre-ordered Testbild!’s “Aquatint”. There’s a little delay in sending the record to the pre-orderers since the extra presents that we have promised are still in production… But we hope to send it all away in the beginning of next week!
Thank you all, from Friendly Noise! Patronage pop is here to stay:
Johannes Nilsson, Klas Senatus Sjögren, Björn Hallström, Jonas Hellström, Patrik Lindgren, Emmanuel Nyberg, Jürgen Heil, Björn Berglund, Alberto Guerrero Gómez, Mathieu Bournazel, Gustav Josefsson, Henrik Möller, Robert Karlsson, Magnus Johnsson, Denis Mace, Arnd Zeigler, Edvin Lindström, Joakim Norling, Robert Elfving,
Ed Mazzucco, Rebecca Waters Boldsen Lund, Stefan Wesley, Jennifer Lee, Björn Ekström, Peter Quick, Michael Vogt, Ulf Österström, Jonas Juuso, Erik Ejewall,, David Redmalm, Bart Van Laecke, Elias Hillström, Michael Krenz, Nils Hansson, Robert Jakobsson, Patric Kiraly, Fredrik Jönsson, Zeljko Cirikovacki, Johan Fredriksson, Martin Hwasser, John Houghtaling, Daisuke Shigemoto, Andreas Gredegård,
Ivar Lavett, Christophe Patris, David Schrittesser, Huw Rees, Erik Bråvander, Johan Bielecki, Susanna Johansson, Mattias Jonsson, Marcus Wall, Stine Mari Rong, Jeffrey Sommer, Per Engström, Oriol Rife, Per Hägglund, Tor Billgren, Mikael Thorsén, Jonas Stenberg, Lars Nilsson, Daniel Bengmark, Kim Grönqvist, Mitchell Mounteer, Martin Jonsjö, Oscar Täckström, Noah Wilson.
(Note: One (1) person who pre-ordered didn’t want to have his name published. We respect that completely.)
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The film at the top is by Pontus Lundkvist, including music from “Aquatint”, and is included in the CD.
Onsdag 18/2, kl 20.00 på Klubb Micro, Babel, Spångatan 38 i Malmö, 60 kr, fri ålder, support: Ljudbilden & Piloten
- In 2009 Friendly Noise will release one new artefact every three months. Every release can differ from the previous one; it all depends on what we and our bands/artists want to do. One release can be a CD, another a vinyl, and then a printed object or something else.
- The artefacts will be released as limited editions. This will, when it’s records, be combined with good digital distribution, which means unlimited availability for anyone who wants the music.
- The artefacts will be manufactured in editions of 300 copies. The price to buy them will, considering the limited editions, still be relatively inexpensive since we no longer will have middle man distributors, and also because we don’t do this for profit.
- It’s not until we receive 100 pre-orders that we will send the record to the manufacturing place. If not 100 people are interested in the artefact then we might, if it’s music, release it as mp3:s instead. Or not at all.
- Those who pre-order an artefact will be guaranteed a copy of it, and you will be the first one who gets it. We will also always include an exclusive present, a poster or something similar in the package.
- All names of those who pre-order will be published on the Friendly Noise website as a gesture of our appreciation of your support. (For those who prefer to be anonymous, just let us know and we’ll keep it that way.)
- The first artefact to be released under these guidelines is “Aquatint”, the new, fifth album by Testbild! Following last year’s “Une teinte intense”, an album light as a mirage, that bridges pop, jazz and exotica in the sun-bleached deserts of North Africa, “Aquatint” is, instead, an outburst of underwater inspiration.
- A taster of “Aquatint” was released as an mp3 single on December 5th: “My Brother the Submariner” / “Garnet Brand Land”, and here’s detailed information on what to expect from “Aquatint”.
- Be an early adopter, and be one of the 100 pre-orderers, at our shop.
- Hopefully “Aquatint” will be manufactured, released and delivered during January 2009. Thank you for your interest!
Now available from Klicktrack mp3 shop!
Two tracks from the forthcoming album by Testbild! entitled Aquatint. Following last year’s Une teinte intense, an album light as a mirage, that bridges pop, jazz and exotica in the sun-bleached deserts of North Africa, Aquatint is, instead, an outburst of underwater inspiration.
“My Brother the Submariner” is originally a song by The Hepburns that finds its message explored further by Testbild!. “Garnet Brand Land” is set somewhere over the waves yet under the stars. Possibly near the coast of Mexico, by the sound of it.
Swedish magazine Digfi said: “Who could possibly resist music as exquisite as this?
Friendly Noise is a record label from Stockholm, Sweden, run by Stefan Zachrisson, Mattias Holmberg, Katja Ekman, Tomas Bodén, Petter Herbertsson, Hugo Lavett, Åsa Samuelsson, Per Johansson, Sebastian Rozenberg and Niklas Karlsson. Founded in 2002 by Zachrisson and Holmberg. Album releases by Differnet, Testbild!, Most Valuable Players, The Dreamers, Action Biker, and the “Friendly People Making Noise”, “Are You Scared To Get Happy?” and “Splendid Isolation” compilations.
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