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Forkelid / Carlsson / Hielm: Can't Hide [Vinyl] (FRIM Records)

The first release on the Swedish label Association For Free Improvised Music (FRIM) is the trio of Gustaf Hielm (Mats/Morgan Band) on bass, Elin Forkelid (Anna Högberg Attack!) on saxophones and Erik Carlsson (Swedish Azz, Skogen) on drums, a free-blowing session of heavy collective playing in the European Free Jazz tradition for two extended "Question" & "Answer" sessions.

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Label: FRIM Records
Catalog ID: FRIM1LP
Squidco Product Code: 31753

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Sweden
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Fylkingen, in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 12th, 2021, by John Chantler.


Gustaf Hielm-bass

Elin Forkelid-saxophones

Erik Carlsson-drums

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"The first release on a new imprint from the venerable Swedish organisation FRIM (Association For Free Improvised Music, extant since 1976) is a gnarly performance taped at Fylkingen right before the pandemic in March of 2020. It's a free-blowing session marked by visceral friction and tension, a la Mats Gustafsson working with Zu.

Saxophonist Elin Forkelid has emerged as a genuine force in Swedish free music, especially through her work in Anna Högberg Attack!, and here she's met head-on by electric bassist Gustaf Hielm, a veteran figure in prog-rock and metal (Mats/Morgan Band, Meshuggah) who toggles between guitar-like leads and detuned rumbles. The secret weapon ends up being drummer Erik Carlsson - known for his new music work with Magnus Granberg as well as post-bop playing in Festen - who deftly bridges those extremes, stoking fury here, cooling things down there."-Peter Margasak, The Quetus

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Artist Biographies

Erik Gustaf Harald Hielm is a guitarist and bassist, known for the groups Charta 77, Mats/Morgan Band, Meshuggah, Pain Of Salvation, Piggy In The Middle, and Forkelid.

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Elin Forkelid: "Swedish jazz saxophone player, based in Stockholm. Other bands include SOL SOL & Anna Högberg ATTACK."

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"Erik Carlsson is an improvising percussionist whose blissful sounds resound throughout the world. Apart from performing solo, he is also heard with musicians and ensembles such as Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Martin Küchen, Chip Shop Music, Skogen and Mats Gustafsson's Swedish Azz."

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Track Listing:


1. Can't Hide (Question) 16:21


1 Can't Hide (Answer) 21:15

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