The Leif

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    Self-titled debut album from Norwegian electric guitar duo The Leif

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    A self-titled debut album from Norwegian electric guitar duo The Leif containing 10 original compositions by the two guitarists in the vicinity of Americana jazz music” or “wind-warped, instrumental rock-jazz” (both authentic stamps left by listeners). (Ry Cooder meets Pat Metheny)

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about

Magnus Tenge: guitars
Tellef Øgrim: guitars

For a long time, they were merely two Oslo neighbours, each with an incurable guitar addiction. They had both played in bands all their lives, for almost 80 years put together. Tellef Øgrim mostly in jazz, rock and improvisational groups, while Magnus Tenge more solidly belonged in rock music.

When they met they happily stuck to uncommitting small
talk about music, guitars, amplifiers and effects. Maybe the occasional “do you prefer 0.10 or 0.09 gauge strings” question.

In the end, there was no way around the unavoidable and they went down into Tellef’s basement with no greater commitment than to jam for a while.

After months of intense experimenting and songwriting, it became clear that the two guitar players had more in common musically than they had thought.

Several café concerts in Norway and Sweden and then half a year of intense work with the duo’s debut album have made the two electric guitarists into a closely interacted, poetic, melodic rock-jazz duo with their own instrumental compositions at the set list.

Even if it sometimes can get loud, it is not an aim in itself. The Leifs ambition is to leave their listeners with the notion that an evening with the duo’s self-styled “Americana jazz music” or “wind-warped, instrumental rock-jazz” (both authentic stamps left by listeners) was worth leaving the couch for.

In Mai 2018 Simlas produksjoner released the duo’s album digitally, on vinyl and on CD.

About the name

Magnus’s middle name is Leif. Tellef is an old combination of the names Tor and Leif. Hence the band name. Except also that the word Leif sounds almost as the English word for the period between birth and death of an organism. Somewhat.

Tracks:
1 Notes From A Big Sleep (Øgrim)
2 Bromma (Tenge)
3 Juli (Tenge)
4 The Departure Of Mr D (Øgrim)
5 The Ladder (Øgrim)
6 Daniel (Øgrim)
7 (Hvis du skal av på) Darbu (Øgrim)
8 Lopskow (Tenge)
9 Laridae (Tenge)
10 Itsà

Mentions
Global-music.de:
Our final verdict on the album "The Leif", which appears next week at Simlas produksjoner, can be summed up briefly: Perfectly successful!

credits

released May 11, 2018

All compositions by The Leif – Recorded and mixed by Anne Danielsen at Oak Studio 2017 – Except for (Hvis du skal av på) Darbu, recorded by The Leif at rehearsal – Produced by Anne Danielsen and The Leif – Mastered by Sverre E. Henriksen – Cover design by The Leif / Peter Knudsen (Graf) – Back cover photo by Petter Thorsrud

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Simlas produksjoner is an open-minded record label based in Norway and Sweden with a leaning towards improvised music.
Besides building up our own unique catalogue of first-time releases we also re-release a selection of earlier released albums.
Simlas produksjoner is maintained by Anders Berg, Funäsdalen, Sweden and Tellef Øgrim, Oslo, Norway.
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