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.
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.
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.”
Sarah Nyberg Pergament (Action Biker, The Dreamers) has composed music for “Lose Lose Situation: Live in Russia!”, a dance/performance by the coreographer Daniel Andersson taking place on 17 May (7 PM) in St Petersburg in Russia at a dance/litterature festival called BODYWORD. The address is Place club (Marshala Govorova str. 45).
# 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!
Radiojazzgruppen, “Nocturne” (album)
Global Infantilists, “A Sense of Belonging” (album)
“Tangled Alphabets: Léon Ferrari and Mira Schendel” (exhibition, MoMA)
John Cameron, “Afro Metropolis” (song)
John Cameron, “Sweet Summer” (song)
Bronnt Industries Kapital, “Hard for justice” (album)
The Wire #303 (magazine)
Carl Myrén, “Jag flyttar in hos mig” (single)
Anthony Phillips “Wind - Tales” (song)
“K special: Mare Kandre” (tv documentary)
Sail A Whale, “See you inside” (song)
Annie Anner, “Grå regnig morgon” (single)
Tentation du Château Le Bourdillot 2006 (white wine)
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 second part of Friendly Noise’s irregular chart of things we presently and collectively enjoy very much:
Vita Noctis, “Hade” (song)
Yoshishige Yoshida, “Heroic purgatory” (film)
Tim Hecker, “An imaginary country (album)
Taylor’s quinta de vargellas vintage port 1988 (portvin)
Four Tops, “Still water (Love)” (song)
Very Friendly #1 (comic)
Douglas Wood “Moon Nightclub” (song)
Claude Lévi-Strauss, “La Pensée Sauvage” (1962 book cover)
Tomas Bodén, “Variationer för ett ansikte” (new & unreleased solo recordings)
“Stanley Kubrick’s Boxes” (Channel 4 documentary with Simon Turner soundtrack)
Mike Westbrook, “Citadel/Room 315″ (album)
Mike Westbrook, “Metropolis” (album)
Ivana Franke (artist)
Daniel Birnbaum & Anders Olsson, “As a weasel sucks eggs, an essay on melancholy and cannibalism” (book)
Louisa Marks, “Six street” (song)
Louisa Marks, “Keep it like it is” (song) Sound of oo (sound design)
Bill Callahan, “Sometimes I wish we were an eagle (album)
W. G. Sebald, “Svindel. Känslor” (book)
Junior Boys, “Begone dull care” (album)
Klas Senatus Sjögren, “Om BBC-dokumentären ‘Do it yourself - the story of Rough Trade” (text at the Jet Set Junta blog)
Ved, “Track 1″ (song)
Richard Brody, “Everything is cinema, the working life of Jean-Luc Godard” (book)