Vulture Forest pressinfo (photos and english version below)

VULTURE FOREST / ”VULTURE FOREST” – Microtone Records MTR21

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Vulture Forest botaniserar i gränslandet mellan lycka och melankoli, mellan stillhet och oro. Detta återspeglas i titelspåret på albumet Vulture Forest – ett ode till skogen, men relaterar också till vår tids ofrånkomligt hektiska tillvaro. Låten består av en meditativ gitarrmelodi som kontrasteras av ett aggressivt ackompanjemang från trumpet, trummor och bas. Låten Flere Lysår Væk uttrycker en liknande önskan om ett inre lugn men här smälter de olika instrumenten samman i en drömlik, nästan naiv känsla. Vulture Forest strävar efter att skapa djup och innerlig musik baserad på ett förtroendefullt samspel mellan musikerna som tillåter spontanitet, lekfullhet och ger varje medlem utrymme att uttrycka sina idéer.

Recensioner av debutalbumet ”Vulture Forest”:
”For most of Vulture Forest’s new self-titled album, you’ll probably wonder where exactly the band falls on the jazz spectrum. In my view, the quartet crafts ambient jazz so beautiful that it’s sometimes on the verge of resembling post-rock with the addition of trumpet. I mean this in the best way possible, too — every moment of Vulture Forest is an alluring blend of emotional atmospheres, sometimes leaning toward melancholia while mostly remaining at a level of awing tranquility. The band must have truly mastered the art of patience to so delicately unravel these compositions across a completely still sonic plane. If Miles Davis enlisted a guitarist for Kind of Blue and slowed down the final tapes to a delicate crawl, it’d probably sound a lot like Vulture Forest.”
heavyblogisheavy.com

”There are times on Vulture Forest when the Amsterdam-based quartet seem ready to break into a Nordic jazz tranquility.  In fact, opening track “Flere Lysår Væk” gives every indication of it with its initial volley of melodic serenity.  But gradually the trio settles into a more general style of European Jazz, where a certain cinematic melodicism is achieved in a rhythmic environment that sits on the periphery of swing and the attitude of cool blues.” Birdistheworm.com

”Kvartetten Vulture Forest samlar medlemmar från Danmark, Slovenien, Sverige och Sydafrika och spelar modern europeisk jazz i sin egen stil. De fyra träffades under sina studier på Konservatoriet i Amsterdam där de fortsatt har sin bas. Plattan är inspelad där och mixad i Sverige. Jazz med ett internationellt avtryck med andra ord.
Musiken är baserad på luftigt samspel och växlar mellan tydlighet och antydningar, lycka och melankoli, oro och stillhet. Suggestiv musik som jag som lyssnare efter ett par genomspelningar gärna dras in i och hittar nya perspektiv och uttryck. Måhända är det ett album som kräver att lyssnaren är på ett visst humör.
Kvartettens debutalbum är på sätt och vis en symbol för demokrati, där samtliga musiker ger och tar och bidrar medvetet och omedvetet till en helhet som är större än individen. En subtil och betagande skiva som ger mersmak.”
 Lira Musikmagasin

”Modal jazz med meditativa inslag, avspänd melodisk med en melankolisk, drömlik grundton sätts på prov och utmanas. Allt material är komponerat av gitarristen Kristoffer Vejslev och präglas av en utvecklad känsla för de små nyansernas betydelse för att skapa både dynamik och spänst. God hjälp har han av trumpetaren James McClure som har en ren, krispig, lyrisk ton som varieras i intensitet i långa raka melodiska slingor. Kompet är intimt och lyhört där trumslagaren Love Ekenberg och basisten Luka Benčič både expanderar och komprimerar spelplanen
och ger fäste för soloinpassen. En lovande debutplatta som ger mersmak.”

– Orkesterjournalen

”Den danske guitarist Kristoffer Vejslev studerer på konservatoriet i Amsterdam. Her har han dannet gruppen Vulture Forest sammen med sydafrikanske James McClure på trompet, slovenske LukaBenčič på bas og svenske Love Ekenberg på trommer. Det er ikke kun besætningen der har et internationalt snit. Musikken har også en international karakter. Det er flydende, modal og ambient jazz. Filmisk jazz, hvor musikernes egoer træder tilbage og i stedet smelter sammen til et kollektivt hele. Hvis man f.eks. godt kan lide Jakob Bro eller Jakob Sørensen er man havnet det rette sted. Pladen er sammenhængende og fungerer godt.”
Jazznyt

”Is it possible to make a calm album, close to being dull, but still keeping the listener’s attention with every single note? The band Vulture Forest, lead by Danish guitar player Kristoffer Vejslev featuring (alumni) students from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, has done it. On their debut, called Vulture Forest, Vejslev builds great tension with his quartet within seven original songs. The group, consisting of Luka Benčič (bass), Love Ekenberg (drums) and James McClure (trumpet), are respectively from Slovenia, Sweden and South Africa. All have attentively listened to Miles Davis during his modal era. Vulture Forest doesn’t copy though. The line-up is different than on for example Miles’ Kind of Blue, but the atmosphere is similar. A difference with Davis’ masterpiece is that Vulture Forest contains more meditative elements and is considerably more melancholic, dreamy and sounds more European, compared to the Americans. You rather find yourself in the endless snow-covered woods of Sweden or Norway than in the US. Oddly enough the controlled instrument management keeps reminding of Miles.” 
– Hans Invernizzi, Jazzflits.nl

Vulture Forest består av fyra personer som har sin bas i Amsterdam. Medlemmarna träffades på Konservatoriet där de alla studerade jazz på sina respektive instrument. Debutalbumet släpptes i januari 2017. Under 2017 har nytt material skrivits som nu repas in inför inspelningen av bandets andra album.
Vulture Forest är:
Kristoffer Vejslev (DK) – gitarr och kompositioner
Luka Benčič (SLO) – bas
James McClure (ZA)– trumpet
Love Ekenberg (SE) – trummor

För mer info vänligen kontakta:
vultureforestmusic@gmail.com eller Dan Persson, Solid State Music, 0760-44 30 55

Pressbilder: (Foto: Ursula Blix, anges vid publicering)
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Fr v: Love Ekenberg, Luka Benčič, Kristoffer Vejslev, James McCLure

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Fr v: James McClure, Luka Benčič, Kristoffer Vejslev, Love Ekenberg (Klicka på bilderna för förstoring.)


In English:

Vulture Forest delves in the borderlands between the blissful and the melancholic, the calm and the anxious. This is echoed in their self titled song, Vulture Forest – an ode to the forest, yet also a reference to the inescapable busy life of our century. It consists of a meditative guitar melody contrasted by an aggressive accompaniment from the trumpet, drums and bass. The tune Flere Lysår Væk expresses a similar wish for inner calm but here the musicians all blend together in a dreamlike, almost naive environment. Vulture Forest strives to create truly honest music using a trusted bond created amongst the musicians that permits spontaneity, playfulness and gives each musician plenty of space to express their ideas.

Reviews of the debut album ”Vulture Forest”:
”For most of Vulture Forest’s new self-titled album, you’ll probably wonder where exactly the band falls on the jazz spectrum. In my view, the quartet crafts ambient jazz so beautiful that it’s sometimes on the verge of resembling post-rock with the addition of trumpet. I mean this in the best way possible, too — every moment of Vulture Forest is an alluring blend of emotional atmospheres, sometimes leaning toward melancholia while mostly remaining at a level of awing tranquility. The band must have truly mastered the art of patience to so delicately unravel these compositions across a completely still sonic plane. If Miles Davis enlisted a guitarist for Kind of Blue and slowed down the final tapes to a delicate crawl, it’d probably sound a lot like Vulture Forest.”
heavyblogisheavy.com

”There are times on Vulture Forest when the Amsterdam-based quartet seem ready to break into a Nordic jazz tranquility. In fact, opening track “Flere Lysår Væk” gives every indication of it with its initial volley of melodic serenity.  But gradually the trio settles into a more general style of European Jazz, where a certain cinematic melodicism is achieved in a rhythmic environment that sits on the periphery of swing and the attitude of cool blues.” – Birdistheworm.com  

”The Danish guitarist Kristoffer Vejslev is studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Here he has formed the group Vulture Forest together with South African James McClure on the trumpet, Slovenian Luka Benčič on bass and Swedish Love Ekenberg on drums. It is not only the group itself that is international the sound of the music is as well. It’s floating, modal and ambient jazz. Cinematic jazz, where the musicians put aside their egos in order to merge into a collective whole. If you like Jakob Bro or Jakob Sørensen you have come to the right place. The album is coherent and works well.”
Jazznyt

”Is it possible to make a calm album, close to being dull, but still keeping the listener’s attention with every single note? The band Vulture Forest, lead by Danish guitar player Kristoffer Vejslev featuring (alumni) students from the Conservatory of Amsterdam, has done it. On their debut, called Vulture Forest, Vejslev builds great tension with his quartet within seven original songs. The group, consisting of Luka Benčič (bass), Love Ekenberg (drums) and James McClure (trumpet), are respectively from Slovenia, Sweden and South Africa. All have attentively listened to Miles Davis during his modal era. Vulture Forest doesn’t copy though. The line-up is different than on for example Miles’ Kind of Blue, but the atmosphere is similar. A difference with Davis’ masterpiece is that Vulture Forest contains more meditative elements and is considerably more melancholic, dreamy and sounds more European, compared to the Americans. You rather find yourself in the endless snow-covered woods of Sweden or Norway than in the US. Oddly enough the controlled instrument management keeps reminding of Miles.” 
– Hans Invernizzi, Jazzflits.nl

 

Vulture Forest consists of four people who have their base in Amsterdam. The members met at the Conservatory where they all studied jazz on their respective instruments. The debut album ”Vulture Forest” was released January 2017. During 2017, new material has been written, which is now being prepared for the recording of the band’s second album.

Vulture Forest:
Kristoffer Vejslev (DK) – guitar and compositions
Luka Benčič (SLO) – double bass
James McClure (ZA) – trumpet
Love Ekenberg (SE) – drums

For more info please contact:
vultureforestmusic@gmail.com or Dan Persson at Solid State Music, + 46 760-44 30 55