"A scary beauty." - Evening Standard (4/5)
"Piramida hides intriguing depths." - Mojo (4/5)
"A noble, self-possessed creation; a masterclass in considered arrangement." - FACT (4/5)
"Piramida reveals Efterklang as serious contenders." - The Sunday Times - CD of the Week
"Here's a band on top of the world, and on top of their game… Piramida is a revelation." - Q (4/5)
"Potent and symphonic… this is much more than a postcard from a ghost town." - Time Out (4/5)
Efterklang's latest album Piramida is released today through 4AD. Their fourth album in total, it's a fitting document of a progressively-minded band pushing the boundaries of their own distinctive sound and creating something lush, inventive and unique.
As is common with Efterklang's approach to music, the making of Piramida started out in unusual fashion in August 2011, when the members of the band (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg) went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole. Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Piramida, which was abandoned overnight in the 90s, and today stands as a slowly decaying ruin.
When the band returned home, they haÂ™d accumulated just over 1,000 field recordings from the many and varied environments they explored in Piramida. Then the time came to transform these audio snapshots of abandonment, of isolation touched by unique beauty, into songs.
A less-densely layered collection than the electronic-hued Parades, and more direct than Magic Chairs, Piramida is a rare example of a conceptually strong project that never forgets to let the concept serve the song, rather than the other way around. It'Â€Â™s a streamlined sound, but distinct and absorbing too. It showcases a band superbly capable of transitioning experiences shared by a select few into music that can be enjoyed by a wide, open-minded audience.
Listen to the opening track from the album, 'Hollow Mountain', below. Efterklang tour extensively througout Europe for the remainder of the year. All dates are here.