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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 – most notably across three acclaimed albums, 2004’s Tripper, 2007’s Parades and 2010’s Magic Chairs – have each explored different directions, each an end product of remarkably studied songcraft and emotional resonance.

But Piramida is perhaps the band’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 Piramida’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 – and sea birds, and polar bears – the band discovered the world’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.

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13th August
Efterklang Launch Online Radio Station 'The Lake'

Efterklang Launch Online Radio Station 'The Lake'

Efterklang

Broadcasting from Copenhagen to the world, The Lake is a new online radio station broadcasting 24 hours daily at www.thelakeradio.com. The new radio platform is initiated and curated by Kasper Vang (artist), Jan Høgh Stricker (radio journalist) together with Efterklang's Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg. 

The Lake's function is to serve as a platform for experimental and inspiring music and sounds, without playlists, boundaries or limitations. The personally...

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14th January
Efterklang To Play Final Show In February

Efterklang To Play Final Show In February

Efterklang

Following 2012's Piramida, and the subsequent Piramida Concert last year, Efterklang have announced "one final show to celebrate them all".  Scheduled for 26th February 2014, the band will play their last show in Sønderborg, Denmark where they grew up...  

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4AD Session 002

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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...