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Seval: 2 (482 Music)

Seval's 2nd release furthers their song-based project, balancing jazz, pop, and free improvisation, from the quintet of Sofia Jernberg (voice), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), David Stackenas (guitar), Emil Strandberg (trumpet) and Patric Thorman (bass).

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UPC: 650594108226

Label: 482 Music
Catalog ID: 482-1082
Squidco Product Code: 17258

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Pierre Lindsjoo at Konst & Ramar, Stockholm on November 2nd, 2011.


Sofia Jernberg-voice

Fred Lonberg-Holm-cello

David Stackenas-guitar

Emil Strandberg-trumpet

Patric Thorman-bass

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track listing:

1. Children Of Monsters 5:24

2. Details 6:11

3. Simple Flowers 3:02

4. Light Brush 7:26

5. Boredom Is Bliss 7:40

6. Only One 6:06

7. Revolution Song 10:50

8. Super-Seeded 5:49
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"Computers 'think' in 1's and 0's. Humans... enjoy the concept of 2.

Seval returns with its second record, 2; a record for humans. Leaner, meaner and harder than Seval's debut i know you, and this time on compact disc, the new album of songs continues to explore the interstitial spaces in between pop, jazz, new music and, of course, free improvisation, while not losing its sensitive melodic core.

Unlike the first record, made when the group was only expected to be a one-off project, 2 benefits from a few years of mutual experiences and many gigs around Europe.

Building on the strengths of the members, this time the material was specifically written for the band, rather than the first, which featured songs written by Fred Lonberg-Holm for other projects. While on the surface Seval has always been perhaps more accessible and pleasant than many of the members' other projects, more attentive listening reveals a complex core full of details that most song projects might filter out.

While the first record focused almost exclusively on personal relationship issues, this time the lyrics range from the overtly political ("revolution" and "details") to the abstract philosophical ("boredom" and "super seeded") as well as the more personal ("light brush" and "flowers").

Still the band focuses more on the music than the lyrics. The words remain constant but the music changes markedly from version to version, from night to night, as the group's method is to improvise around the lyrics. At times outright difficult, at other times achingly beautiful (check out "simple flowers"), the melodies surprise and delight, both in performance and upon repeated listenings of a recorded version. Regarding the inclusion of some more challenging tunes on 2, Lonberg-Holm says, "the first record was almost too pop for many folks here [in Europe]. Fortunately they gave us a chance and liked how the live versions have more 'breakdowns'"!

The takes on this disc, then, reflect a particular day's approach and can't be expected to be re-created the next or at any future gig. All Seval can promise is to try to make a version and try to make it make sense at that moment. Like the disc title 2, it's a band that tries to makes sense of the universal human language, music."-482 Music

Artist Biographies:

"Sofia Jernberg (born 5 July 1983, Ethiopia) is a Swedish experimental singer and composer.

Between 2002 and 2004, Jernberg studied jazz at Fridhems Folk High School. Later she studied for Per Mårtensson and Henrik Strindberg at The Gotland School of Music Composition. In 2008, she received the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's jazz award.

Jernberg is the leader (together with the pianist Cecilia Persson) of the chamber jazz group Paavo. The group received the "jazz group of the year" award from Swedish Radio.

Jernberg is also working on the contemporary classical music scene, in which she serves as both singer and composer. As a singer she has premiered pieces by composers such as Lars Bröndum. She was a soloist with Norrbotten NEO when they performed Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Jernberg has composed for several established ensembles such as Duo ego and Norrbotten NEO."

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"Has toured as soloist and with many different groups in Europe, the USA, Japan and the Middle East. In 2000 David released critics´ acclaimed CD the guitar on swedish label Häpna and has since then released bow on Kning-Disk (2006) and Separator on Found You Recordings (2009). Also plays with LabField (w/ Ingar Zach), SEVAL, Les Sons Du Nuage, Lina Nyberg Band and the New Songs (w/ Sofia Jernberg a.o) and has participated as musician and made music for many different theatre- and dance pieces. Through the years he has played with, among many others: Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Lina Nyberg, Sofia Jernberg, Rhodri Davies, Paul Lovens, Axel Dörner, Sten Sandell, Thurston Moore, Mazen Kerbaj, Christine Abdelnour, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, Cecilia Persson, Jim O' Rourke, Tatsuya Nakatani."

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Trumpeter Emil Strandberg is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and is a member of Fire! Orchestra, Seval, and Pan-Scan.

-Squidco 7/16/2018

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