Mats Gustaffson and the Fire! Orchestra return with an album recorded in the company of Jim O'Rourke entitled Echoes and to be released on 14 April 2023 by Rune Grammofon. For the 14th anniversary the Fire! Orchestra presents itself with a gigantic line-up of 43 elements. Within the big band we also find the confirmation of singer Mariam Wallentin, as well as the addition of the voices of David Sandström and Joe McPhee (also present as tenor sax).
Echoes is a new chapter within the discography of Fire! Orchestra discography, different from 2019's Arrival and anything previously released. The nearly two-hour recording of the new Fire! Orchestra will be available on triple vinyl and double CD, in the sumptuous style to which they have accustomed us influenced by jazz, rock, folk, electronic, classical and contemporary music. The project had its live premiere last autumn at the Stockholm Jazz Festival, where the performance received public and critical acclaim and attention from the Scandinavian media. Also involved in the production of Mats Gustafson's new album was Jim O'Rourke, who was given complete freedom in the mix, giving the album the shape that will hit shop shelves in mid-April.
Echoes was mainly composed by its founders Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin and recorded at the legendary Atlantis Studio in Stockholm in March last year, while Jim O'rourke mixed it in Japan during the autumn.