EF

EF was formed in 2003 and made a strong debut in the post rock scene with their debut album “Give me beauty… Or give me… death!”.

10+ years, 300+ shows, 4+ albums the band is still ripping their hearts out and creating music.

2016 they released split EP “VAYU” with the Israeli band Tiny Fingers through Pelagic Records.

ABOUT

It all started in Gothenburg, Sweden back in 2003. After various incarnations the band we’ve now come to know as EF hit their stride by opening up their heavy distorted guitar palet to a much richer, textural approach with haunting melodies and harmonies. The band started touring and built up a dedicated fanbase throughout the years. The experience and confidence gained from these 16 odd tours have taken them all over Europe, Russia and Asia. It has shaped them to become the explosive, energetic and cathartic live band they are now today.

As it goes with age and experience also comes growth. Although the sound of the band has evolved away from the hardcore infused post-rock of their early days, EF have always kept their hardcore d.i.y. ethics alive. By running their own record label, And the Sound Records, and setting up their own worldwide distribution they sold thousands of records along the way. Their last full length album “Mourning golden morning“ (2010 ATS Records/Cargo) being the one that finally gave the band the critical acclaim and a wider audience.

2013 marks the 10 year celebration of the band’s existence. They are still aiming high. What better way is there than to celebrate this with the release of their 4th studio album! We’re happy and proud to announce that “Ceremonies“ will be released in September. In autumn of 2012 the band released a glimpse of their ever evolving sound on the 10“ vinyl EP “Delusions of grandeur“, to rave reviews in both the alternative press and the metal media – the sound of that EP hinted at a new beginning; a potential infatuation with pop-ish song efforts? This is one of EF’s greatest strenghts. They appeal to both bearded indie rockers, horn throwing metal heads and intensely staring post-rockers at the same time. They can be heavy and fragile simultaneously, and they are not affraid to push their own boundaries “Ceremonies“ is once again an expedition through the landscape of sound that EF conjures up with great efficacy. Their love of melody and harmony alive, carried by heavy rythms, only to be dispersed into a sonic aurora borealis; with improved vocal and orchestral arrangements including more strings, horns, piano and even the use of synthesizers. And, once again given the carefully sculpted mix production by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna).

Growth. Experiment. Focus. These are the 3 key words for one of Europe’s hardest working and continuously promising acts who look forward to another 10 years of making music together.

About | EF (efmusic.se)

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Discography

Ceremonies

Ceremonies | EF (bandcamp.com)

1.Bels bleed & bloom 08:36
2.Yield, heart. Yield! 11:50
3.Lake Vaettern 08:11
4.Sex 03:00
5.Delusions of grandeur 08:52
6.Where G. Mallory sleeps 09:14
7.Thee barren soil of Messaure 05:53
8.Sun grows dim (Bonus track) 06:05
about
2013 marks the 10 year celebration of EF’s existence and what better way is there than to celebrate this with the release of their 4th studio album! We’re happy and proud to announce that “Ceremonies“ will be released in September.

In autumn of 2012 the band released a glimpse of their ever evolving sound on the 10“ vinyl EP “Delusions of grandeur“, to rave reviews in both the alternative press and the metal media – the sound of that EP hinted at a new beginning; a potential infatuation with pop-ish song efforts? This is one of EF’s greatest strenghts. They appeal to both bearded indie rockers, horn throwing metal heads and intensely staring post-rockers at the same time. They can be heavy and fragile simultaneously, and they are not affraid to push their own boundaries.

“Ceremonies“ is once again an expedition through the landscape of sound that EF conjures up with great efficacy. Their love of melody and harmony alive, carried by heavy rythms, only to be dispersed into a sonic aurora borealis; with improved vocal and orchestral arrangements including more strings, horns, piano and even the use of synthesizers. And, once again given the carefully sculpted mix production by Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna).

credits
released September 1, 2013

All songs, sounds and lyrics are written, arranged, played and sung by EF; Niklas Åström, Thomas Torsson, Daniel Öhman, Erik Gustafsson and Emanuel Olsson.

Additional musicians; Cello by Jonathan Rosemark on track 1, 2 and 4
Cello by Joel Göransson on track 3, 6 and 7
Violin by Miriam Göransson on track 3, 6 and 7
Trombone by David Fraenckel on track 5, 6 and 7
Trumpet by Jonathan Gustafsson on track 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7
Vocals by Anton Mattsson on track 1, 2 and 3
Additional drums by David Wirzen on track 6
Programmed beats by Andreas Bonkowski on track 8

Recorded and produced by EF at Helikopter Studios and Oodion Studios, Göteborg 2013. Mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg at Riddarborgen, Stockholm 2013.

Artwork and illustration by Staffan Larsson: staffanlarsson.com

Digital approach at: efmusic.se or facebook.com/efmusic

Released by And the Sound Records: andthesound.se
(5) Ceremonies – YouTube

Mourning golden morning

Mourning golden morning | EF (bandcamp.com)

1.Escapade #1 02:15
2.Sons of ghosts 08:43
3.K-141 KYPCK 07:51
4.Longing for colors 09:01
5.Fyra 04:30
6.401 Lwa 06:48
7.Alp Lugens and beyond 12:31
8.Au revoir dear traitor (Bonus track) 06:03
about
“Mourning golden morning” is the third full length album recorded with producer Magnus Lindberg (Cult Of Luna) in vintage heaven Music A Matic (Kent, Soundtrack of Our Lives, the Knife a.o) during the fall of 2009.

This album is the result of three guys a few years older than last time. All fed up with the typical repetitive build-build-build-up and explode-post-rock-cliché. “Mourning golden morning” is more focused, harmonic and honest “dead on” but without loosing that special EF touch of beautiful melodies, tender vocals and a epic dynamic.

credits
released December 2, 2013

All music and lyrics are written by the members of ef: Tomas Torsson, Daniel Öhman and Niklas Åström. Additional musicians: Cello on track 1, 2 & 6 by George Dimitri, trumpets on track 2 by Johan Asplund, vocal parts on track 2 & 4 by Anton Mattsson and Rebecka Maria Wåhlgren. Additional percussion by Magnus Lindberg.

Recorded and produced by Magnus Lindberg at studio Music A Matic, Gothenburg in October 2009. Additional recordings in various places around Göteborg produced by Daniel Öhman. Mixed and mastered by Magnus Lindberg at Tonteknik Recording, Umeå in November 2009.

Cover artwork by Staffan Larsson

(5) Mourning Golden Morning – YouTube

I am responsible (Remixed​/​Remastered 2012)

I am responsible (Remixed/Remastered 2012) | EF (bandcamp.com)

1.Soon 03:00
2.Två 09:51
3.Bear 16:37
4.Thrills 06:43
5.Appendix 06:57
6.A tailpiece 13:52
7.Grizzly (Bear remix) 06:39
about
The second “hard” 2008-album for EF is a more darker and moody story even if you can still hear those typical hopeful melodies and harmonies that is very typical for the band. During this period EF lost member Daniel Öhman and included two new members for the song writing session. Jonathan Hammar – Cello/guitar and Claes Strängberg – Guitar/vocals. Claes can also be found in Swedens finest ambient popband Immanu El.
Top tracks is “Bear” that includes a sample from the Columbine shooting and the ending track “A tailpiece”. It also contains a remix of the song “Bear” made by german fellow Udo Rabenstein called “Grizzly”.

This album is completely remixed and remastered by Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, PG.Lost and more) in 2012.

credits
released September 26, 2013

Niklas Åström – drums
Thomas Torsson – guitar/vocals
Mikael Hillergård – electric bass
Claes Strängberg – guitar/vocals
Jonathan Hammar – cello/guitar
Emanuel Olsson – studio engineer 2007
Patrik Torsson – original mix/master 2008
Magnus Lindberg – remix/remaster 2012

(5) I Am Responsible (Remixed) – YouTube

Give me beauty​.​.​. Or give me death! (Remixed​/​Remastered 2012)

Give me beauty… Or give me death! (Remixed/Remastered 2012) | EF (bandcamp.com)

1.Ett 04:01
2.Misinform the uninformed (bonus track) 07:41
3.Hello Scotland 12:19
4.Final touch/Hidden agenda 11:10
5.He came, he stayed, he fell 03:55
6.Tomorrow my friend… 14:01
7.…we’ll meet in the end 06:24
about
“Give me beauty… Or give me death!” is the glorious debut album that gave EF a name on the up and rising post rock scene. Their song “Hello Scotland” quickly became EFs trademark – and still are.

In 2012 the band decided to hire Magnus Lindberg (Cult of Luna, PG.Lost and many others) to remix and remaster this old masterpiece in order to re-release it together with a bonus track: “Misinform the uninformed” – track that was recorded in 2006 but never finished.

credits
released September 26, 2013

Niklas Åström – drums
Thomas Torsson – guitar, vocals
Daniel Öhman – guitar
Mikael Hillergård – electric bass
Jonathan Hammar – cello
Emanuel Olsson – studio engineer 2005
Magnus Lindberg – remix/remaster 2012

(5) Give Me Beauty… Or Give Me Death! (Remixed) – YouTube

A trilogy of dreams, noise and silence

A trilogy of dreams, noise and silence | EF (bandcamp.com)

1.What if I took a wrong turn? 06:20
2.I hear heartbeats 06:31
about
Once upon a time EF was a part of trilogy of 7 inch vinyl singles released by Swedish DIY-label Jezebel Recordings back in 2005. This was the first official EF release ever! Other participants in this series was Scraps of Tape and Molia Falls (not included in this download).
credits
released March 12, 2005

These songs were made by Niklas, Daniel, Alexander, Mikael and Tomas as ef.
Recorded by Dag Rosenqvist at Göteborg Ton Studio and mixed by Espen Willems at Happy Helmet, September 2005.
Art by Gunnar Kaj.

(5) ef – Tema – YouTube

Music | EF (bandcamp.com)

(14) Ef | Facebook

Reviews

REVIEWS › EF › CEREMONIES

Ef

Ceremonies

Ef are an unusual band, and not just for their inexplicable fear of breaking their precious consonant-to-vowel ratio. Their take on the inexorably-expanding post-rock scene is a highly unique one, especially at a time when more and more bands are starting to sound suspiciously homogenous. And as if any more proof of their immense creativity was called for, we have their newest album, 2013’s Ceremonies.

For one thing, it doesn’t sound like any other post-rock record, even if the tropes it uses are suspiciously well-worn. The piano-driven melodies and soulful vocals sound right out of Blueneck, the persistent and rhythmic marching percussion comes from Explosions in the Sky, the euphoric, soaring compositions sound highly reminiscent of sleepmakeswaves and their ilk–all of the elements Ef use, individually taken, have been heard before.

But despite their derivative origins, it’s the combination of these varied influences that makes Ef’s music so moving, so perfectly crafted. They cobble and assemble so many diverse elements in such unexpected ways that their music sounds fresh and inspired. The way a melody can be played by a glockenspiel and cut off by ravaging electric guitar, the way heavy and dense grooves evolve into soaring, anthemic brass, the way vocal soliloquies are propelled with such weight and emotion–these are all moments that propel Ef from the dredges of bands around them and make their music so unique and memorable.

Granted, their execution isn’t perfect. Sometimes, it can feel like the pieces take a bit too long to arrive at their destination, or that the quaintly scenic route they’ve taken goes one mile too far out of the way, or that the final arrival is a touch understated for all its introductory fanfare. But the journey is always a pleasant one, and though it might be not all that was expected, the destination is always worth the wait. The album leaves an overall positive impression, one much stronger than many of their peers, and for that alone we should be thankful.

This album isn’t merely ceremonial–it’s celebratory. It’s a whole-hearted, euphoric rejoicing for all that is wonderful and beautiful in the world, and its ceaselessly motivated happiness will penetrate even the most darkened of hearts. That feeling of joy that Ceremonieseffects in you is beyond ready description; one might even say that the emotions brought around by this album are…ineffable.

…I make no apologies for my puns.

Recommended if you like: Explosions in the SkysleepmakeswavesBlueneck

8.5 / 10 — Sarah
See also

http://efmusic.se/

Ef – Ceremonies | Review | Scene Point Blank | Music webzine | Reviews, features & news

Publicado por Aryon Maiden

Aficionado pela música em todos os momentos.

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