For over twenty years, Efterklang have been pushing the barriers of experimental, electronic, emotional chamber-pop. Whether it’s their early, more electronic-driven post-rock beginnings (‘Tripper’ 2004) or their later field recording excavations at an abandoned settlement not far from the North Pole (‘Piramida’ 2012), Danish pop adventurers Efterklang express boundless enthusiasm with each radical new undertaking and when they take the stage to perform live.
In 2019, they released their 5th album ‘Altid Sammen’ (translated: forever together) which took them on a long European tour playing sold out shows in venues like the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and London’s Barbican Concert Hall before the pandemic shut everything down.
Their sixth studio album Windflowers (releasing in October 2021) channels the motifs of hope and change its namesake flora represents. The album sees their many years of collaboration and experimentation distilled into some of their most concise, most direct and confidently Efterklang-style pop songs to date. The album finds Casper singing in English again, for the most part. It’s rich and intimate, the sound of three friends finding each other at a time when the world around them felt unstable. The record is about existing, alone, together and in nature. It’s about reconnecting, and letting each other grow.
Consisting of childhood friends Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg, the band sustains a forever-curious approach to its sound and identity. Over the years, they have become a true force of nature when taking to the stage to perform live, their concerts are as beautiful as they are raw and communal. “We don’t want to play to people, we want to perform and make music with people,” Rasmus explains.
The ambition is to create a genuine feeling of togetherness via music and to break down the distance between performer and audience. This applies in particular to their concerts, but is also expressed through their popular Sock Society and their Private-Public Screenings project where more than 2000 fans helped organise official screenings for their music-films ‘An Island’ (Vincent Moon, 2011) and ‘The Ghost of Piramida’ (Andreas Koefoed), 2012).
We all miss live music and there are few better representatives of the format than Efterklang and their amazing live band. They are eager to get back on the stage to perform both old and newly written songs.