Jón Þór – Frúin í Hamborg (2mf021)

Jón Þór - Frúin í Hamborg (2mf021)We are excited to announce the forthcoming e.p., “Frúin í Hamborg” (2mf021), by Icelandic songwriter and musician Jón Þór. The 4 track e.p. will be released on 10th November 2016 and will be available on 180g heavy vinyl and digital download from a wide variety of stores including iTunes, Amazon, Bandcamp, and our own website. It will also be available to stream on Spotify, TIDAL, and Apple Music among other services.

With the forthcoming e.p., Jón Þór has returned to his first love; jangly, guitar-heavy scando-pop with choruses that weld themselves to your brain. Much like on his debut album, he crafts his lyrics in Icelandic, giving him more confidence to explore fragile lyrical themes, and here Jón Þór wears his heart very much on his sleeve, spinning a story about repeating the same mistakes.

“Stelpur digs into the essence of being young, desperate and lovesick in the midst of the whirlpool of a drinking binge in the Reykjavík nightlife” (Straumur). “Einmana Menn” follows the the after-effects; regret and loneliness. “Ég er á Vesturleið” is about rejuvenation and a need to escape, and the title track, “Frúin í Hamborg”, is about losing grip, finding delirium and sinking deeper though finding light in the most unlikely of places. Musically the e.p. follows this journey and is upbeat, ebullient, summer indie pop music.

More on the release coming over the next few weeks, including some clips and a video for the lead track. Stay tuned.


A new member of the family

13233315_10153783205258402_55820094_nWe are delighted to announce that the Slovakian-born, Warsaw-dwelling duo, Päfgens are joining the too many fireworks family. The band, made up of Jana and Filip, write and record beautiful, quiet, shoegazy guitars with whispery vocals and melodic bass tied together by subtle field recordings. The band have self-released three records – an album and 2 e.p.s – and will release their already-recorded 3rd on too many fireworks later this year. Since moving to Warsaw they have shared the stage with various projects from Zero Absolu, Moriah Woods, Rosa Vertov, Atariame and The Holydrug Couple. You can hear more from the band here.

Welcome to too many fireworks, guys!


Mateusz Franczak – long story short

newspageimageToo Many Fireworks is delighted to finally release the wonderful “long story short” by Polish musician, Mateusz Franczak. The album is a collection of partially improvised songs interspersed with instrumental tracks. The changing of the seasons and the fact that recordings were made in a home setting, give the songs a very intimate, personal, and raw character. One of the goals of the album was to attempt to observe the creative process itself, to experiment and search for the appropriate means of expression and to let mistakes happen when they may.

The album was mixed by The Norman Conquest, a producer and recording engineer specialising in esoteric music at the intersections of experimental, rock, metal, avant-garde & drone, and known for his work with Barn Owl, Grouper, Gregg Kowalsky, Ellen Fullman or Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten). Mastering was done by Marcin Bocinski, known for his work with Eugeniusz Rudnik, Jacaszek, and the Alameda 5.

The album is now available on digital download and on CD.