Earth Affair

“Liberté” is the name of drummer Gulli Briem’s new album release, an Indie/World-music/pop project which he calls Earth Affair.

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Gulli Briem is a founding member and drummer of the dance – funk group Mezzoforte, that had major success in the mid-eighties with the album Surprise surprise and the top ten hit single “Garden Party”.

Gulli shows a new side to his talents on this record with “film like” ambient, almost orchestral pieces of music that draw you quickly into their sonic world. The songs are indeed surprising and dynamic, where Gulli features South African singer, Vusi Mahlasela as well as using unusual instruments like an Icelandic Stone Harp made by modern artist Páll Guðmundsson from Húsafell, Iceland, as well as Dulcitone & Glockenspiel. British string arranger Simon Hale contributed to the album with two string arrangements performed by a hungarian string ensemble in Budapest.

The Liberté album features eight new compositions written mostly by Gulli Briem & Icelandic poet Jökull Jörgensen. Additional musicians apart from Mahlasela are trumpeters Joo Kraus, Sebastian Studnitzky, percussionist Frank Aarnik, guitarist Arnar Guðjónsson. Gulli’s voice, powerful drumming and piano playing make “Liberté” a very unique album of soothing, but at the same time strong and dynamic pieces of music.

Welcome to the soulful world of Earth affair.

www.earthaffair.com

 

Gulli Briem / Earth Affair – Liberté

1. Mother (6,25)
Written by G.Briem
Lyrics by J.Jörgensen

Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards
Jökull Jörgensen – Bass
Arnar Guðjónsson – Guitars
Sebastian Studnitzky – Grand Piano & Keyboards
Thorvaldur Thor Thorvaldsson – Goatshoes

Strings
1st violin – Rita Gardian
2nd violin – Tunde Banhegyi
Viola – Lilla Ersek
Cello – Monika Andrasi

Johannesburg childrens voices:
“The children from Merlyn Nokwe place”
Icelandic childrens voices:
Katrín Briem, Molly Jökulsdóttir, Erna Jökulsdóttir
Backing vocals: Margrét Eir

Strings arranged by Gulli Briem

 

2. Jewels up high (7,05)
Written by G.Briem
Lyrics by J. Jörgensen

Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards
Sebastian Studnitzky – Grand Piano / Dulcitone & Programming
Jökull Jörgensen – Bass
Frank Aarnink – Glockenspiel

 

3. The Fugue (5,57)
Written by G.Briem

Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards
Vusi Mahlasela – Vocals
Jökull Jörgensen – Bass
Frank Aarnik – Icelandic Stoneharp
Sebastian Studnitzky – Piano, Keyboards & Trumpet

 

4. Mia’s song (4,50)
Written by G.Briem

Gulli Briem – Grand Piano
Simon Hale – Keyboards

Strings
1st violin – Rita Gardian
2nd violin – Tunde Banhegyi
Viola –Lilla Ersek
Cello – Monika Andrasi

Strings arranged by Simon Hale

 

5. She gave me water (5,40)
Written by G.Briem / Joo Kraus / S. Johannsson

Gulli Briem – Drums, Grand Piano & Keyboards
Jökull Jörgensen – Bass
Sigtryggur Jóhannsson – Keyboards
Joo Kraus – Trumpet

 

6. Til Moldar (4,59)
Music written by G.Briem
Lyrics by J.Jörgensen

Gulli Briem – Vocals, Drums & Keyboards
Þórir Úlfarsson – Piano
Bass – Jökull Jörgensen
Guitars – Arnar Guðjónsson
Guitar – Birkir Rafn Gíslason

 

7. Hang drum song (4,25)
Written by G.Briem / T.Barabas

Gulli Briem – Hang Drum
Tamás Barabas – Keybords & Bass

 

8. Farewell (4,42)
Written by G.Briem

Gulli Briem – Grand Piano
Simon Hale – Keyboards
Viola – Lilla Ersek
Cello – Monika Andrasi

Strings arranged by Simon Hale

 

In memory of my father

 

Recorded at Starfield Studios, Reykjavik, Iceland by Gulli Briem, Sebastian Studnitzky & Aron Arnarsson
Stone Harp recorded in Húsafell, Borgarfjörður.
Strings recorded at Gramy Studios, Budapest. Engineered by Mark Beke
Additional programming: Daði Georgsson

Mixed by: Addi 800 at Studio Áttan, Reykjavik, Iceland
“She gave me water” – Mixed by Rod Beale

Mastered by Mandy Parnell at The Black Saloon, London
Mastering assistant – Chris Le Monde
Cover design – Jökull Jörgensen
Photography – Kaja Thrastardottir
Design – Stefan Fisher & Attila Egerhazy Gramy studio, Budapest

Produced by Gulli Briem

Takk – Jökull Jörgensen, Addi 800, Páll Guðmundsson at Húsafell,
Vusi Mahlasela, Nkanyezy Cele, Ólafur Arnalds, Bergur Þórisson.
Meinrad Heck and Elke, Attila Egerhazi, Tamas Barabas, Rod Beale, Stefan Fisher, FTT, FÍH
Uwe Hager, Mirko Milan Milosovits, Eva, Aníta, Katrín & Everyone who helped making this journey complete.

Acknowledgements: Paiste cymbals, Yamaha drums, Vic firth sticks and mallets, Craviotto snare drums,
Evans heads, RME audio interfaces

www.earthaffair.com

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Published by O-tone Music, Germany