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Häpna was founded in 1999 by Klas Augustsson and Johan Berthling. The Stockholm based label releases all kinds of experimental music, from Rüdiger Carl, Sven-Ake Johansson, Oren Ambarchi, David Grubbs and Loren Connors via Giuseppe Ielasi, Marcus Schmickler, Hans Appelqvist and Anna Järvinen to Tape, Musette, Sagor & Swing and Tenniscoats.

 
"Andrea Belfi was born in 1979. He has been playing drums since the age of fourteen. He studied art in Milan and has been working in the experimental music field since 2000. In 2002 AB embarked on a vast project, which, in time, would become Between Neck & Stomach. The ...
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H.29 | HÄPNA

"The new untitled album by Giuseppe Ielasi lives in a land of lights and shades. The mist lies thick but close to the ground it's glowing and sparking. Reflections shoot wildly in ambiguous patterns. The log-cutters are working with their loved and hated timber. This is ...
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H.28 | HÄPNA

"Hundloka (cow parsley) is one of our most common meadow flowers; a weed whose distribution is restricted with great difficulty. Hundloka is also the name of three pieces of music which, in similarity to their namesake, grow in areas between the wild and the cultivated, ...
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H.27 | HÄPNA

FRED LOMBERG-HOLM, LIZ PAYNE, MICHAEL COLLIGAN; "Following Pillow's self-titled debut CD (BoxMedia) and last year's terrific, LP-only Field on Water (hereforeveralways), Three Henries presents Pillow's unique, complex-yet-minimal music with the greatest clarity and ...
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H.6 | HÄPNA

"3/4HadBeenEliminated was founded in Bologna, Italy, in 2002. Starting as a trio (guitarist/double bassist Stefano Pilia, turntablist/sound assembler Claudio Rocchetti, sound architect Valerio Tricoli), the drummer Tony Arrabito was added to the line up in 2004. Their ...
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H.26 | HÄPNA

"New release from Japanese Toshiya Tsunoda who was the first artist to be released on Häpna in 1999. This household name in the art of fieldrecordings has produced a discography of highly sublime recordings capturing the finest details of sound, and Ridge of Undulation ...
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H.24 | HÄPNA

TAPE - RIDEAU (CD)

"This is the eagerly-awaited third album from the Stockholm-based trio of Tape, comprised of Andreas and Johan Berthling and Tomas Hallonsten. Gently exploring the soft realms of electro-acoustic sound, their world is located somewhere between experimental music and ...
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H.25 | HÄPNA

"Free flowing folk from one of Sweden's most unique voices. The album is song-based with a very relaxed atmosphere. Organ, piano, guitar and flutes blend with percussive elements and sounds from open windows. This together with the highly original vocals and a ...
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H.23 | HÄPNA

""Gesine" marks the return of the guitar as dominant voice, this time a rarely-treated almost acoustic sound occupying a far more subdued setting. Backed only by finger-snap-size percussion, a few earth-toned hums and feedback drones, the instrument enters within the ...
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H.21 | HÄPNA

"Sinistri, formerly known as Starfuckers, is an experimental music unit based in Italy. Starting from an original, raw, minimal and high power approach to the rock language, they soon developed a personal direction exploring the space between proto-punk, black roots and ...
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H.20 | HÄPNA

"Eric Malmberg is something of an enigma. How he without apparent effort brings forth these timeless melodies we don't know - only that the music is classic organ pop that aims straight for the heart. During the past years, he was the songwriter and organ player of ...
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H.22 | HÄPNA

""On Tape" is a pivotal work for Mathieu as this is the first time we hear him leaving his source material unprocessed by digital means. Stephan started building this piece from recordings provided to him by Swedish trio Tape and saxophonist Magnus Granberg. Adding his ...
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H.18 | HÄPNA

""Gästhamnar" ("Guest harbours") is about one of the most obvious things of summer: the life of people in small boats. The coastline and the archipelago are embellished with white sails on the horizon. This record paints, through its quotations from the Swedish ...
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H.17 | HÄPNA

"The new record by Sagor & Swing is quite different from their earlier low-key, meloncholic records. Their characteristic sound is still there, but "Orgelplaneten" is more direct and joyful, more pop perhaps. Their basic instrumentation, organ and drums, is completed ...
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H.16 | HÄPNA

"This is the first release from Swede Patrik Torsson. Itšs a CD about life onboard an oil tanker. The music is electronica with spoken stories (in Swedish) about memorable moments onboard. Other instruments/sounds include guitar, piano, keyboard and field recordings. ...
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H.15 | HÄPNA

TAPE - MILIEU (CD)

"Tape is a trio from Stockholm, Sweden, building their music from a whole array of acoustic instruments, computer and field recordings. Their first CD "Opera" got excellent reviews in international press and was compared to artists such as Talk Talk, Gastr del Sol, ...
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H.14 | HÄPNA

"The most surprising part is that it hadn't happened before. Loren Connors and David Grubbs first performed as a duo on May 30, 2003 at the Green-Wood Cemetery Chapel in Brooklyn, N.Y. Green-Wood Cemetery is one of Brooklyn's landmarks - it's the highest natural point ...
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H.13 | HÄPNA

"The myth of Sagor & Swing tells that they are children of nature that grew up in the forest. That they at an early age built theit first instruments and isolated form the noise of civilization invented a music of their own. What we know for shure, however, is that they ...
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H.12 | HÄPNA

"Although Ambarchi treats the instrument as a malleable sound source rather than a hard and fast repertoire, he is drawn to sustained tones, and his involvement with Phill Niblock's minimalist drones has been another strong marker of his musical learnings. "My days are ...
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H.10 | HÄPNA

TAPE - OPERA (CD)

Andreas Berthling / Johan Berthling / Tomas Hallonsten: guitars, laptop, pedals, synthesizers, harmonium, melodica, field recordings, percussion, harmonica, zither, piano, flute, bells, glockenspiel, accordion, trumpet, paper, styrofoam, yongmei.
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H.9 | HÄPNA

"Sagor & Swing is Eric Malmberg on Hammond organ and Ulf Möller on drums. This is the follow up to their debut album Orgelfärger. Melodier och fĺglar (melodies and birds) is minimal and timeless, naive and simple. Eric calls his melodies 'Nothing music'. Something to ...
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H.8 | HÄPNA

"Recorded 1997 at the book and record store Andra Böcker och Skivor in Stockholm. This CD featuring two of the most innovative improvisors in Europe is the first released recording of the duo since 1985. Carl and Johansson's music isn't tied to any genre, but instead ...
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H.2 | HÄPNA

David Stackenäs: acoustic guitars. "This is the first solo CD by Swedish guitarist David Stackenäs. The structure of the material builds on sketches, compositional ideas and improvisation. The refined form and development of the tracks makes an interesting contrast to ...
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H.3 | HÄPNA

SHERIFF - SHERIFF (CD)

Magnus Granberg: guitar, piano and vocals. Henrik Olsson: drums and cymbals. "Deconstructing the music we know as rock, just leaving the essentials -- a chord, a phrase, a simple drum figure -- and repeating it till something else appears...Swedish duo Sheriff works ...
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H.4 | HÄPNA

"In the living room of a small house in Dalarna, the Swedish countryside, Sagor & Swing has recorded this timeless music evoking the surrounding landscape -- the forests, mountains and lakes. Moody and simple melodies with echoes of old Swedish folk tunes and the nature ...
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H.5 | HÄPNA