Efterklang will take their stunning eight-person live show on a World tour this autumn stopping at Whelans on November 28th.
Parades is the highly anticipated second album by Denmarkâ€™s Efterklang, the follow up to their underground hit of 2004, Tripper. Comprising 11 majestic, otherworldly songs, Parades manages to be both magnificently ambitious and engagingly intimate; a breathtaking panorama of sound with few clear antecedents. Music with no boundaries.
Though the music that became Parades was recorded concurrently with the critically acclaimed (and already collectible) Under Giant Trees mini-album that preceded it in April, the latter was essentially a summation of songs the band had pieced together on tour in 2005. Parades is cut from a different cloth: this is all new material spun from raw ingredients, carefully stitched and lovingly embroidered with fine detail. If you let yourself be enveloped, this living tapestry could take years to unpick.
Childhood friends Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg grew up on the small Danish island of Als, close to the German border. Fuelled by youthful ambition, the trio moved to Copenhagen where they were joined by Rune MÃ¸lgaard and Thomas Husmer, forming Efterklang in December 2000. Early on, the band instituted a self-sufficient working method that they still apply to everything they do: writing, recording, producing and organizing every element of their music and performance from their Copenhagen bunker.
Unlike previous recordings, the band relied less on digital techniques and went for a palatial sound by recording in large rooms. A boys’ choir and a church organ were recorded in a church, while other instruments were recorded in their studio bathroom and hallway; others in an echo chamber. Darren Allison (who worked on My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, and Ladies and Gentlemenâ€¦ by Spiritualized â€“ records that surely need no introduction) mixed the album on analogue equipment with Efterklangâ€™s Mads Brauer, distinguishing the minutiae of sound while keeping the bigger picture of each song firmly in focus.
â€œThe group has a knack for gorgeous, slow-motion build-ups and sudden, shivery drop-offs; the music gleams and drips like an ice sculpture that never stops meltingâ€ New York Times
Efterklang live @ Whelans Nov 28th. Tickets are â‚¬17.50 on sale now through www.ticketmaster.ie and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking line: 0818 719 390.