Forever fascinated by the purest possibilities of sound, since forming in 2001 Efterklang have consistently adjusted their sonic modus operandi to suit very specific inspirations.
The results the Danes have produced so far â€“ most notably across three acclaimed albums, 2004â€™s Tripper, 2007â€™s Parades and 2010â€™s Magic Chairs â€“ have each explored different directions, each an end product of remarkably studied songcraft and emotional resonance.
But Piramida is perhaps the bandâ€™s greatest achievement: an album bringing the outside in, informed by frozen time and the relics humanity leaves in its expanding wake. Its roots were laid in 2010, when the band first saw photographs of a forgotten settlement lying, slowly dying, on Spitsbergen, an island of the Svalbard archipelago midway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. This ghost town, which the trio eventually visited in August 2011 (drummer Thomas Husmer left before Piramidaâ€™s commencement), would give their fourth album its title, and comprise the conceptual catalyst for its contents.
Once an outpost for some 1,000 Russians, the former mining facility was abandoned in January 1998, near as overnight. Today the town is in a state of slow decay, as deserted possessions erode and buildings where once people were schooled, fed and entertained return to nature. Between the empty oil drums and fuel tanks, glass bottles and lampshades â€“ and sea birds, and polar bears â€“ the band discovered the worldâ€™s northernmost grand piano, standing proudly in a concert hall that once held 400 people. Its notes can be heard on Piramida, perhaps for the first time anywhere in over a decade.
To celebrate the beginning of their UK tour, the Danish trio have aired a double bill of stunning videos.
The short films for ‘Between The Walls’ and ‘Black Summer’ (both songs are taken from the band’s fourth studio album Piramida) cover dark and emotional subject matter, both equally as compelling. Filmed in Efterklang’s native Copenhagen, ‘Between The Walls’ was made by Sebastian Birk and features actors Sara Hjort and Peter Hald as restless lovers. The blood sport-centred ‘Black Summer’ was made by the duo Kevan Funk and Benjamin Loeb (aka Everything All At Once).
Efterklang’s UK and Ireland six date tour starts tonight in Belfast, and will continue onto mainland Europe and Asia...
A year to the day since the release of fourth record Piramida, Efterklang have premiered a video for album closer 'Monument'.
Created by Andreas Koefoed and Hvass&Hannibal, it stars Alexander Ivanovic Naumkin who once lived in Piramida (the now abandoned Spitsbergen town in the Arctic), and whose 8mm film features heavily on 'Monument'. The audio is a melding of the studio album version with the orchestral cut taken from The Piramida Concert, the group's live album recorded in...
Efterklang's Magic Chairs is the Copenhagen-based outfit's debut record for 4AD and third full-length in total. With the likes of 'Modern Drift', with its intricate and looping arpeggios, and 'I Was Playing Drums', arguably the band's most accessible pop song to date, it is an album that is a bold as it is bewitching.
"We shot the videos in VEGA, our favourite venue in Copenhagen with a small...