„Eine Jazzband, die mit Haut und Haaren im Rock badet“, schrieb die Jazz thing über „Thread Of Life“, Öströms Debüt als Leader. Auch auf „Searching For Jupiter“ ist die Verbindung von Jazz mit elektronischen und Progressive Rock-Elementen sowie dem einzigartigen Groove des Drummers unverkennbar.
Jupiter was the King of all the Gods for the Romans: the Heavenly Father, the bringer of light. It was him you invoked when the goddess of fate had unexpectedly intervened in your life. So it was with the Swedish drummer Magnus Öström, who was dealt a stroke of fate almost five years ago when his close friend, the pianist Esbjörn Svensson, was killed in an accident. They had revolutionised the jazz world since 1993 with e.s.t. - the Esbjörn Svensson Trio.It took two years for Öström to find his way back to music after that tragic event, and to bring out his first own album: "Thread of Life". It is a work of mourning, adorned with melancholy, that seeks its own path, falling back on art-rock and electronic elements and a closer link to sounds than melodies. "A jazz band that bathes in rock with everything it has" is...line up
Magnus Öström / drums, percussion, voice, additional keys
Andreas Hourdakis / electric and acoustic guitars, banjo
Daniel Karlsson / grand piano and keyboards
Thobias Gabrielson / electric bass and bass synthesizer, keys, a.o.
All songs composed and produced by Magnus Öström
Recorded by Janne Hansson at Atlantis Studio, Stockholm, January 28 - February 1, 2013
Additional recordings by Magnus Öström at Islandstream Studios in February 2013
Mixed by Åke Linton at Bohus Sound Recording, Gothenburg, February 14 - 19, 2013
Mastering by Classe Persson at CRP Recording, March 6, 2013
Cover art: "Segesta II", 2004 by Raimer Jochims, courtesy Johnen Galerie, Berlin