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Efterklang - Share New Song ‘Uden ansigt’
Efterklang : Share New Song ‘Uden ansigt’
12th September 2019

Efterklang have released a third single, ‘Uden ansigt’, from their forthcoming fifth studio album Altid Sammen, their first release in their native Danish. 


‘Uden ansigt’ was written with former Efterklang member Rune Mølgaard (he left the band before the release of 2007’s Parades but has continued to co-write songs such as Magic Chair’s ‘Modern Drift’ and ‘Sedna’ from Piramida).  The song features Kjartan Sveinsson (ex-Sigur Ros) on piano, Sir Was (Joel Wästberg), Bert Cools, Indré Jurgelevičiūtė and Petur Ben.  ‘Uden ansigt’ is accompanied by a striking lyric video made by Jonny Sanders.  The video features both Danish lyrics and its English translation using the stunning Altid Sammen artwork created by Hvass&Hannibal and SeenCGI. 

Vocalist Casper Clausen explains the inspiration behind ‘Uden ansigt’ (‘Without face’): “The lyrics are like pictures to me, based on a moment I once had when biking in Copenhagen.  It was raining heavily, everybody packed away under umbrellas, hoodies, hats etc.  Faceless, genderless, ageless, colourless.  My vision was blurred out and those bodies were moving through the street like faceless ghosts of a Japanese Anime movie, simultaneously haunted, alone and united at the same time.”

Later today, Efterklang will host a takeover of The Lake Radio – the free-form online radio station they co-founded in 2014.  They will broadcast live throughout the evening from 8pm CEST, calling up the collaborators who helped create Altid Sammen and premiering new music. 

Seven years after their last album, Efterklang will release Altid Sammen (meaning “always together”) on 20 September.  Deep and sonorous, it is steeped in the sonic experimentation that has long been their trademark since Tripper, the Danes’ 2004 debut.  As bold and ambitious in scope as their last collection of songs, Piramida, Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (synths, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg (bass) have taken another creative U-turn, this time fusing baroque instrumentation with their signature expansive sound.

Altid Sammen’s songs are about belief and togetherness,” Clausen says. “Not in a religious way – none of us are believers of a defined religion.  The words are searching for meaning in intimate relationships, in nature, in death and eternity.  The bonds we create; to gather, hold hands, sing or share a moment together.  We’re all connected, across nations, age, sex and gender.  We come together with all of our backgrounds, and we move apart in all sorts of directions, always together.”

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Efterklang’s live shows have always been ambitious affairs and their Altid Sammen tour will be just as elaborate.  Recently added to Le Guess Who? Festival’s line-up, the trio – with their 7-piece band – will perform in the TivoliVredenburg concert hall and have also confirmed two Mexico appearances in late November.  They will perform Altid Sammen in its entirety on 21 September at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, as part of Reeperbahn Festival.  A full list of dates can be found below.

13th - Sentrum Scene (Ultima), Oslo, Norway
14th - St Luke’s (Sounds From A Safe Harbour), Cork, Ireland
21th - Elbphilharmonie (Reeperbahn Festival), Hamburg, Germany **SOLD OUT**

8th - Niebo, Warsaw, Poland
9th - Zet Pe Te, Krakow, Poland
22nd - Teatro Lara, Madrid, Spain
23rd - Lav, Lisbon, Portugal
24th - Hard Club, Porto, Portugal

5th - Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark 
6th - Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark **SOLD OUT**
7th-11th - Le Guess Who? Festival, Utrecht, The Netherlands
24th - FIACMX (Festival de Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo), Leon, Mexico
26th - C3 Stage, Guadalajara, Mexico

5th - Voxhall, Aarhus, Denmark
6th - Pustervik, Gothenburg, Sweden
7th - Södra Teatern, Stockholm, Sweden
8th - Babel, Malmö, Sweden
10th - Admiralspalast, Berlin, Germany
11th - Werk 2, Leipzig, Germany
12th - Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany
13th - Muffathalle, Munich, Germany
14th - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria
15th - Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
25th - Pavillon, Hannover, Germany
26th - Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27th - Gloria, Cologne, Germany
28th - Cirque Royal, Brussels, Belgium
29th - Barbican, London, UK

2nd - Trabendo, Paris, France
3rd - Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg 
4th - Mascotte, Zürich, Switzerland 
5th - Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
6th - Ohibò, Milan, Italy