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Published on Jan 28, 2015
Paura Di Niente Records presents an uncompromised debut album with a world class analog sound (not this clip on youtube of course). The vinyl version of HOOFFOOT's self titled debut, which probably will be the only version released, features just two long instrumental journeys through a wide spectrum of musical emotions. The radio debut on Swedish national radio was an unusual one, as the massive opening track was played in its entire length of 18 minutes and 31 seconds.
These two songs have captured a broad spectrum of the artistic intentions of HOOFFOOT, from soft melodies to furious free-form energy. It´s like a good crime novel that you can´t put aside until you find out how it ends.
The technicians involved in the making of this 100% analog record are some of the most famous masterminds of Swedish musical history. The album has been recorded live in a spontaneous atmosphere with award winning producer Christoffer Lundquist (Roxette, Brainpool).
Mastering and vinyl engraving was executed at the legendary Atlantis studio in, Stockholm, by Janne Hansson (ABBA).
The cover art is by famous Swedish artist Bengt Böckman who have created album covers for Frank Zappa and Klaus Doldinger (Passport).
Hooffoot is based in Malmö, Sweden. Pär Hallgren bass Jacob Hamilton drums Joakim Jönsson guitar Bengt Wahlgren keyboards Ola Erikson keyboards Mikael Ödesjö guitar Gustav Sörnmo trumpet (guest appearance) Ida Hallgren baritone saxophone (guest appearance)
The band members of Hooffoot can also be found in the following present and past groups (number of releases in parenthesis: Sibirien, The Carpet Knights (2), Deathening (2), Sgt Sunshine(2), Agusa (1), Bland Bladen (2), Øresund Space Collective (6), Mantric Muse (1), Derango (1).
Santana loved Miles. Magma loved Coltrane. Soft Machine loved pop (OK, perhaps only for a while). Pink Floyd loved Soft Machine. Weather Report loved African grooves. The Italian progressive bands loved classical music. Return to Forever loved Brazilian stuff. Frank Zappa loved Black Sabbath, and Black Sabbath loved to smash people’s preconceptions. Hooffoot love them all! Forget about labels like “rock”, “jazz”, “progressive” and “kraut”. Who cares? Ever noticed that music inspired by the great years around 1970 rarely manage to capture the spirit of the 70’s? Sure, there are lots of bands with vintage clothes, vintage instruments and vintage (facial) hair styles. However, the spirit of the 70’s is usually missing. That spirit is what the Malmö band Hooffoot set out to capture with its debut album. Although even a quick listen will reveal that there are plenty of odd time signatures, Hammond organ, fuzz bass and weird percussion in Hooffoot’s music, the objective was not to recreate the music or the sounds of the 70’s. Hooffoot is firmly of the opinion that the spirit of the 70’s can only be properly honored by embracing the attitude that there are no rules. Only conform to non-conformity!