Efterklang

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Efterklang
Efterklang Amager Bio 2011.jpg
Efterklang performing live.
Background information
Origin Copenhagen, Denmark
Genres Indie folk, dream pop, indie rock, electronic, synthpop (current), post-rock, dark wave, glitch (early)
Years active 2001–present
Labels Rumraket
4AD
The Leaf Label
Website official site
Members Casper Clausen
Mads Christian Brauer
Rasmus Stolberg
Past members Rune Mølgaard
Thomas Kirirath Husmer
Supporting members (live)
Members Katinka Fogh Vindelev (vocal, piano)
Martyn Heyne (guitar, keys)
Tatu Rönkkö (drums)
Past members Budgie
Niklas Antonson
Heather Woods Broderick
Peter Broderick
Daniel James
Frederik Teige

Efterklang (Danish pronunciation: [ˈɛfd̥ɐˌkʰlɑŋˀ]) is an indie rock group from Copenhagen, Denmark, formed in December 2000. The band has recorded four studio albums and are currently signed to the 4AD label, as well as their own record label Rumraket.

In 2012, they released their fourth album Piramida to good reviews.[1][2][3]

History[edit]

2001–2011[edit]

The name Efterklang comes from the Danish word for "remembrance" or "reverberation." Formed in Copenhagen, its three core members are Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg.[4] The original lineup also included Rune Mølgaard, but he has taken a more secluded role since 2007.[4] Drummer Thomas Husmer left the band 2011.[4] When performing live, the core three-piece band is complemented with the addition of live band members.

Efterklang released their first album Tripper to warm critical acclaim in autumn 2004.[5][6] Their second album Parades saw the band working with British producer Darren Allison (Spiritualized),[7] and was released in October 2007, receiving widespread critical acclaim by the likes of Mojo,[8] Uncut,[9] Drowned in Sound[10] and Stylus magazine.[11] Parades was named the 38th best album released between April 2005 to April 2009 by Clash in April 2009.[12] In September 2008, Efterklang and The Danish National Chamber Orchestra performed Parades in its entirety at the Copenhagen Concert Hall; the performance was documented on a limited edition LP/DVD set entitled Performing Parades, which was released in October 2009.

In September 2009, Efterklang signed a new record deal with the British independent label 4AD. Their third full-length album Magic Chairs was Efterklang's first on their new label, released in February 2010.[13] Magic Chairs won IMPALA's European Independent Album of the Year on 28 February.[14] The record was well received by Pitchforkmedia.[15]

In August 2010, French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang's 8 piece-live band met up on an island off the Danish coast. The objective was to shoot a film with the same length as an album, and a film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. The result was called An Island.

In 2011, drummer and trumpet player Thomas Husmer left the band and the other members announced that they would carry on as a trio.[16]

Piramida (2012)[edit]

In 2012, the band went on tour to present their fourth album Piramida with an orchestra and drummer Budgie of Siouxsie and the Banshees as special guest for the live shows.[17] The premiere at the Sydney's "Opera House" in June was praised by Time Out[18] and Mojo.[19] The latter wrote : "Piramida is the sound of Efterklang’s grasp meeting their reach, of their ambition evading the pretentious, the blankly grandiose, and rewarding them with a masterpiece.".[19] A European leg coincided with the release of Piramida.[20] The band performed with an orchestra and Budgie in Ireland, Scandinavia, UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.[20]

At its release in September, their fourth album Piramida received good reviews. Mojo rated it four stars and said : "Despite the elegant grey-sky thinking, deep beneath the emotional permafrost, Piramida isn't as cold as it seems".[2] BBC Music said : "This see-saw, between exquisite gloom and bruised hope, is part of what makes Piramida so powerful" before concluding by these words, "rarely have the Serious Young Man Blues been articulated with such grace, so affectingly".[1] British Fact magazine wrote : "Piramida is an abandoned mining town located deep within the Arctic Circle. It’s the setting for Efterklang’s fourth and finest album, an acutely musicianly affair employing lorry loads of classical instruments, brass, synths and what appears to be a choir of thousands broadcasting from the deep end of a fjord".[3] Q magazine commented : "here’s a band on top of the world, and on top of their game… Piramida is a revelation."[21]

From December Efterklang went on tour with their new 6-piece band. In 2013, the Piramida tour will take the band around North America and Europe.[22]

Rumraket[edit]

Efterklang has released albums on the British/American record label The Leaf Label, but have also released material on their own record label Rumraket (the Danish word for "space rocket"). So far, the Rumraket roster includes releases from Grizzly Bear, Amiina, Cacoy, Erik Levander, Kama Aina, Slaraffenland, Taxi Taxi!, and Canon Blue.[23]

Efterklang has a history of working with many guest musicians on their recordings. They have also produced a vast number of artistic music videos by filmmakers such as Karim Ghahwagi, Tobias Stretch, Anders Morgenthaler, Carolina Melis, and Jeremiah Zagar. Nan Na Hvass from Hvass&Hannibal is the creator of the critically acclaimed artwork for Efterklang's One-Sided LP, Under Giant Trees, Parades, and the "Mirador" music video.

Band members[edit]

Core group members[edit]

  • Casper Clausen – vocals
  • Mads Brauer – electronics
  • Rasmus Stolberg – bass

Live band members[edit]

  • Peter Broderick – violin, multi-instrumentalist (2007- )
  • Katinka Fogh Vindelev – vocals (2012- )
  • Tatu Rönkkö - drums (2012-)
  • Budgie – drums (2012- )
  • Niklas Antonson – trombone, multi-instrumentalist (2007-2011)
  • Heather Woods Broderick – piano, vocal, flute (2009-2011)
  • Anna Brønsted – piano, vocal (2007-2008)
  • Daniel James - guitar (2009-2011)
  • Frederik Teige – guitar, saxophone, "choir"(2007-2010)

Former band members[edit]

  • Rune Mølgaard – piano (2000–2007) (became part-time member after 2007, contributing to some songwriting)
  • Thomas Husmer – drums, trumpet, percussion (2000–2011)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak
positions
Certification
DEN
[24]
2004 Tripper
  • Release date: 25 October 2004
  • Record label: The Leaf Label
2007 Parades
  • Release date: 15 October 2007
  • Record label: The Leaf Label
2010 Magic Chairs
  • Release date: 22 February 2010
  • Record label: 4AD
10
2012 Piramida
  • Release date: 22 September 2012
  • Record label: 4AD
8

Live albums[edit]

  • Performing Parades (CD+DVD & LP+DVD, The Leaf Label – 19 October 2009)
  • The Piramdia Concert (LP+CD, 4AD - 10 June 2013)

EPs and Mini albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak
positions
Certification Album
DEN
[24]
2007 "Under Giant Trees" 1
"Springer" 13
Other singles
  • "Swarming" (The Leaf Label – 7 February 2005)
  • "Mirador" / "Cutting Ice to Snow" (promo-only single) (8 October 2007)
  • "Caravan" (The Leaf Label – 7 April 2008)
  • "Modern Drift" (promo-only single) (4AD – 25 January 2010)
  • "I Was Playing Drums" (4AD – 19 April 2010)
  • "Raincoats" (download-only single) (4AD – 23 August 2010)

Videography – DVD[edit]

  • 2009 Performing Parades with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra (Live)
  • 2011 An Island by Vincent Moon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stevie Chick. "Piramida -review". bbc.co.uk. 2012-09-11. Retrieved 2012-09-15
  2. ^ a b "Piramida -review". Mojo. October 2012, p.86
  3. ^ a b Christian F. "Piramida – review" factmag.com. Retrieved 2012-09-15
  4. ^ a b c Efterklang >> Info
  5. ^ Keith Kawaii. Tripper review. tinymixtapes.com. Retrieved 15-9-12
  6. ^ "Tripper-review". themilkfactory.co.uk. October 2004. Retrieved 15-9-12
  7. ^ http://efterklang.net/home/discography/
  8. ^ "Parades-review". Mojo. Novembre 2007. p.106. "Every so often an album comes along that's so original it's difficult to accurately liken it to anything else—even Efterklang's last album, "Tripper," is left behind by Parades."
  9. ^ "Parades-review". Uncut. November 2007. p.98. "More organic than their 2004 debut, Parades is just as richly rewarding".
  10. ^ Mike Diver "Parades-review" . Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 15-9-12
  11. ^ "Parades – review stylusmagazine. Retrieved 15-9-12
  12. ^ Clash Essential 50 – 38-35
  13. ^ 4AD – Efterklang – Magic Chairs
  14. ^ "color". Impalamusic.org. 2011-02-28. Retrieved 2012-04-03. 
  15. ^ "Magic Chairs-review". pitchfork. Retrieved 15-9-12
  16. ^ "Thomas leaves Efterklang" efterklang.net. Retrieved 15-09-12
  17. ^ Budgie of Siouxsie & The Banshees joins Efterklang for fall orchestral dates in Europe. slicingupeyeballs.com. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 28 June 2012
  18. ^ Efterklang The Danes make an art-music splash with the SSO. Time Out. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  19. ^ a b "Mojo Approval". efterklang.net. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  20. ^ a b Efterklang tour dates. efterklang.net. Retrieved 27 June 2012
  21. ^ "Piramida Q magazine review". thesagegateshead.org. Retrieved 2012-09-15
  22. ^ Tour. efterklang.net. Retrieved 2012-12-15
  23. ^ Rumraket Discography at Discogs
  24. ^ a b DanishCharts.com: Efterklang discography page

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