The Sufis - Inventions - Cassette


The Sufis are an American band based on the writing partnership of Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith. Originally based in Nashville, their first recordings quickly caught the attention of Ben and Tjinder of Cornershop who released their self-titled debut album on Ample Play Records in 2012.

Upon release The Sufis was named Rough Trade Album of the Month and received praise from The Times, Shindig!, Record Collector, and Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who called it “an extended reach into the droning minimalism of The Velvet Underground and Faust's tape manipulation.” They quickly followed up with Inventions in 2013, an attempt to consolidate their love of The Shaggs, Wesley Willis and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The next few years found The Sufis focusing on production duties for The Paperhead, Peter Stringer-Hye, Paul Messis/The Market Squares and others before relocating to NYC, where after a short stint of working and studying with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela they completed 2018’s After Hours (a “dusky, resplendent gem” said Tiny Mix Tapes).