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.

It is available to pre-order from the Efpi online shop NOW and will be available through all good music retailers on release date. The band have also released two double A-side digital singles from the album, with fantastic artwork from Angela Guyton – check them out on their bandcamp site.

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, and 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 and tickets check out the MJF website. Certainly an event not to be missed, as anyone who caught one of their live dates in the UK and Sweden in the spring will agree – if you missed out, there’s some videos and a tour roundup from Sam here

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