For e.s.t. fans, the latest press release from their manager in London:
Today we have launched the new website for Magnus Öström:
Magnus Öström will release the first album as a leader of his career on February 25, 2011. The album is titled “Thread of Life” (ACT) and you can listen to short samples of some songs on the website. We will inform you again in late February when the album hits the stores.
For Magnus this release ends over two years of silence after the untimely death of Magnus´ childhood friend and band colleague Esbjörn Svensson in the summer of 2008. Together with Dan Berglund (bass) they had formed e.s.t., the genre-defining jazz trio of the past decade. The first European jazz band ever to be featured on the cover of the American jazz-bible, the “Downbeat” magazine. Awarded with nearly every prize in the book from Swedish Grammys to the Guinness Jazz Award in Ireland, the British Jazz Award, four German Jazz Awards in platinum and uncounted in gold, Album of the Decade for “Live in Hamburg” by the London Times, the special prize of the MIDEM in France, “Choc”s for nearly every album release and the Export Music Prize by the Swedish Government. And the list goes on …
It was a big hit for Magnus and it therefore does not surprise that the music on the album develops a depth and intensity that mirrors the existential feelings and borderline experiences he made in the course (or curse) of the past two years. His signature sound, that already graced e.s.t. albums, is unmistakably present and listeners can discover his talent to compose catchy hook-lines and create a “soundscape” of amazing depth and beauty.