Our final verdict on the album "The Leif", which appears next week at Simlas produksjoner, can be summed up briefly: Perfectly successful! – Global Music News
...but the "wind-warped instrumental rock jazz," as the two call their music, is by no means just a noise, but a typical case for adventurers and, to a certain extent, a phonophone sarcasm, when tenderness and effervescence have to be changed from a creative point of view - Musikreviews.de
... a very gentle interaction between two electric guitars in a thoughtful relaxing way - Unfretted.com
Arne Raanaas' photos from the release party
Apart from playing in The Leif Magnus Tenge plays in Hasse Farmen's band and with Anders Wyller.
Tellef Øgrim works with Anders Berg, both in their electronic duo project and in a trio with the merited free-jazz drummer Peeter Uuskyla. He is also a member of the audio-visual collective Mugetuft.no and a local big band.
The Leif is an electric guitar duo established in Oslo in 2015 by Magnus Tenge and Tellef Øgrim. Their music is electro-lyrical and instrumental, soaked in blues, jazz and rock.
For a long time, they were merely two neighbours, each with an incurable guitar addiction. They had both played in bands all their lives, for almost 80 years put together. Tellef mostly in jazz, rock and improvisational groups, while Magnus more solidly belonged in rock music. When they met they settled with uncommitting small talk about music, guitars, amplifiers and effects. Maybe the occasional “do you prefer 0.10 or 0.09 gauge strings” question. In the end, there was no way around the unavoidable and they went down into Tellef’s basement with no greater commitment than to jam for a while. After months of intense experimenting and songwriting, it became clear that the two guitar players had more in common musically than they had thought. Several café concerts in Norway and Sweden and then half a year of intense work with the duo’s debut album have made the two electric guitarists into a closely interacted, poetic, melodic rock-jazz duo with their own instrumental compositions at the set list. Even if it sometimes can get loud, it is not an aim in itself. The Leifs ambition is to leave their listeners with the notion that an evening with the duo’s self-styled “Americana jazz music” or “wind-warped, instrumental rock-jazz” (both authentic stamps left by listeners) was worth leaving the couch for. In Mai 2018 Simlas produksjoner released the duo’s album digitally, on vinyl and on CD. About the name Magnus’s middle name is Leif. Tellef is an old combination of the names Tor and Leif. Hence the band name. Except also that the word Leif sounds almost as the English word for the period between birth and death of an organism. Somewhat.