Efterklang have been one of our favourite bands for a long time, enthralling us with their marvelous genre transcending compositions. Their latest release, Leaves – The Colour of Falling, a collaborative opera album with Karsten Fundal, was one of our Album Picks of 2016, but they hadn’t released a full-length album since 2012’s magnificent Piramida. The good news is the trio of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg are back with a new album entitled Altid Sammen, which means “Always Together”. The album´s idea was first seeded when Antwerp-based baroque ensemble B.O.X approached Efterklang to compose material for a joint performance at a Belgian festival in January 2018. “We walked offstage feeling super-elevated,” said the trio’s Stolberg. “Let’s get into a studio and document this.”
Altid Sammen will see the light of day on September 20th though 4AD & Rumraket, but they are already enticing us with the gorgeous opening track ‘Vi er uendelig’ (“We are infinite”). The single comes with an accompanying video directed by Andreas Koefoed and featuring the band’s own Casper Clausen and Helena Christensen.
In other related good news, and in support of the upcoming album, Efterklang have announced an extensive European tour throughout this year and with several dates spilling into 2020. Kicking off on September 21st at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, the tour also includes a show at Porto´s Hard Club on October 24th. Check a full list of dates and other info here.
With April comes a superb mixtape lovingly put together by wonderful and prolific Greek composer, electronic musician and producer Serafim Tsotsonis. With an immense portfolio spanning four albums and compositions and collaborations in the worlds of film, television, and theatre, his influences are vast, flirting with genres from neo-classical and ambient to post-rock and dream pop. You'll find a bit of all of this and more in his mix so press play and enjoy!
Fennesz – The Point of It All [Touch]
Demen – Mea [Kranky]
Brian Eno & Harold Budd – Still Return [Virgin Records]
Jon Hassell & Ry Cooder – Nature Boy [Water Lily Acoustics]
Ocean Hope -Tame [Hush Hush]
Boards Of Canada – One Very Important Thought [Warp]
Weyes Blood – In the Beginning [Mexican Summer]
Ryuichi Sakamoto – andata (Oneohtrix Point Never Rework) [Milan Music]
Efterklang – The Living Layer [4AD]
Bibio – Kaini Industries (Original By Boards of Canada) [Warp]
Slowdive – Don’t Know Why [Dead Oceans]
Alfred Schnittke – II
Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd – Outside, Silence [Soleil Apres Minuit]
We're honoured to have this month's mixtape curated by one of our long-time favourite bands, Efterklang. The Berlin-based Danish trio of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg have a knack at keeping us enthralled with their brilliantly orchestrated compositions that transcend genres. They constantly venture in new and exciting directions, as shows their latest release, the collaborative opera album Leaves – The Colour of Falling, which was one of our Album Picks of 2016. So be prepared to discover some surprises as you dig in the trove of tracks they picked for us!
Efterklang are back with Leaves – The Colour of Falling, a collaborative album with Karsten Fundal set for release next month. Initially an explorative opera commissioned by the Copenhagen Opera Festival, it was performed live last year in the 1000 m2 nuclear basement of the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital.
Following the sublime ‘The Colour Not of Love’, Efterklang/Fundal are enticing us further with another single off Leaves – The Colour of Falling, the staggering and sombre ‘Stillborn’, featuring the glorious vocals of soprano Katinka Fogh Vindelev. Katinka, who had previously worked with both Efterklang and Fundal, described her involvement in the song:
“I sang “Stillborn” in the highest of platform heels while being 5-month pregnant with a 20 meter-long veil of shrinkwrap flapping behind me. It was in all ways a macabre moment and also my absolute highlight in the opera. My otherwise pretty restrained character wedged herself slowly through an audience captured in a narrow corridor bathed in cold blue lighting.”
‘Stillborn’ is being offered with an accompanying video, also featuring Katinka. Lend your eyes and ears to it now.
Last summer the Copenhagen Opera Festival commissioned Efterklang and Karsten Fundal to compose an explorative opera entitled Leaves – The Colour of Falling. Efterklang performed the opera live then in 16 sold out shows in the 1000 m2 nuclear basement of the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital. Now, and marking the return of the Danish trio, the opera is being officially released for the first time. What’s more, Efterklang are performing it again live in early 2017, having recently announced a string of European shows with The Happy Hopeless Orchestra.
‘The Colour Not of Love’, one of the sublime songs off Leaves – The Colour of Falling, is now streaming. Karsten Fundal had this to say about it:
“This song is very special to me as it really got under my skin when we made it. Efterklang have arranged and adapted the composition in their usual hyper sensitive understanding of what the music is about. In some ways we shifted roles on this one – I made this relatively catchy melody and its simple harmonies and basic arrangement. Efterklang added the string and vocal arrangements. The lyrics are very impressionistic and somewhat melancholic as they evolve around the colour green – the colour of love and the colour not of love. It works beautifully in English because of all the wordplays. It’s a really great example of Ursula Andkjær Olsen’s poetry as she plays with triviality while abolishing linearity as she calls for our innermost emotions in the secret meaning behind the words”
Grab Leaves – The Colour of Falling when it’s out on November 4th via Tambourhinoceros and now check out to ‘The Colour Not of Love’ and the video that accompanies it.