Fazer is the project of bassist and producer Martin Brugger (aka Occupanther), trumpeter Matthias Lindermayr, guitarist Paul Brändle as well as Simon Popp and Sebastian Wolfgruber (both drums) who all met while studying at the Academy for Music and Performing Arts in Munich.Their unique sound is cut from a miscellaneous range of influences from west-african polyrhythm and classical indian music to dub-techno and post-rock.Hailing from Munich, a city rich with influential jazz labels like ECM, ACT or enja, the young musicians want to take their own path by defying genre boundaries while maintaining the tension and the immediacy of improvised music.The unusual instrumentation is by no means arbitrary. Two drummers allow for complex rhythmic patterns while the absence of a pianist/keyboardist leaves a lot of room, both rhythmic and harmonic, for the musicians to fill. Lindermayr and Brändle bend with virtuosity between soloing and comping, backed by Brugger who plays modestly with only the most essential harmonic determination. Now Fazer are going public with their debut album „Mara“.Recorded over the course of 9 months, the record is a manifestation of the musical process the band went through in this period. Among the first tracks recorded were Woody and Asante, both drawing the listener deep into mesmerizing rhythms, powerful and beguilingly repetetive. By the beginning of summer 2017, when the last of three sessions took place, the band had embraced more song-like structures as heard on tracks like Glow, Glow or the titletrack Mara, which marks a turning point in this evolution. The result is a diverse record that features an array of different emotions and takes you on a trip into the sound world of this promising group.
(c) Conny Mirbach