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The Sufis

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The Sufis are an Anglo-Indian/American band based on the writing partnership of Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith.
During a chance meeting at university in Nashville, TN they bonded over a shared love of the Elephant 6 Collective and 20th-century classical music.
Spending their formative years obsessively consuming and studying many different kinds of music, they set out to create their own musical universe. Their recordings caught the attention of Ben and Tjinder of Cornershop and a debut album was released on Ample Play in 2012.
The Sufis was named Rough Trade Album of the Month and received high praise from the likes of The Times, Shindig!, Record Collector, and Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who called it “an extended reach into the droning minimalism of the The Velvet Underground and Faust's tape manipulation.” Inventions followed in 2013, an ambitious attempt to consolidate their love of The Shaggs, Wesley Willis and Johann Sebastian Bach
The next few years found them focusing on production and engineering duties for The Paperhead, Peter Stringer-Hye, Universal Friend, Paul Messis/Market Squares and others. They spent time traveling around, eventually settling on Brooklyn, NY as their new home base.
After a stint of working and studying with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela they began work on their third album. Drawing influence from their surreal, late night adventures they wrote and recorded After Hours in June of 2017, due out on Burger Records in January 2018.

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