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About the Norwegian guitar duo The Leif

 

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

 

When they met they settled with uncommitting small talk about music, instruments, amplifiers and effects. Maybe the occasional “do you prefer 0.10 or 0.09 gauge strings” question. But 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 some 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 in their audience the notion that an evening with The Leif’s self-styled “Americana jazz music” or “wind-warped, instrumental rock-jazz” (both descriptions are authentic stamps left by listeners) was worth leaving the couch for.

 

In Mai 2018 the record label Simlas produksjoner will release the duo’s album digitally, on vinyl and on CD (watch simlas.bandcamp.com).

 

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.

 

The tunes on the album:

Notes From A Big Sleep (Øgrim)

Bromma (Tenge)

Juli (Tenge)

The Departure Of Mr D (Øgrim)

The Ladder (Øgrim)

Daniel (Øgrim)

(Hvis du skal av på) Darbu (Øgrim)

Lopskow (Tenge)

Laridae (Tenge)

Itsà (Tenge)

 

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