Efterklang’s third full-length album, Magic Chairs, has won the first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award from a shortlist of 21 albums from across Europe. Magic Chairs is the Danish band’s first album on the UK’s seminal 4AD label, who released the record globally in February 2010, with the band’s own label, Rumraket, releasing the album in Scandinavia.
Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, commented: “There were many deserving artists among the 21 nominees and it was a close run thing. Magic Chairs is a great album and I’m delighted to see it winning. On top of that it’s a truly European release - a Danish band with their own label working with a seminal UK independent.”
The European Independent Album of the Year Award was announced to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. The Award looks at showcasing the breadth and diversity of independent music across Europe, and demonstrates the exceptional talent in the sector. The winner is selected regardless of sales figures by jury of Impala board members, from a shortlist compiled from a national and non-national album nomination from European territories. Further details of the award and IMPALA as a whole can be found here.
In related news, the band are currently in the middle of their final tour of Magic Chairs. Accompanying each show is a screening of their film with Vincent Moon, An Island. A full list of the remaining dates are featured below and more information on An Island can be found here.
3rd Mar – Epicerie Moderne, Lyon, France
â€¨4th Mar – KIFF, Aarau, Switzerland
5th Mar – Kulturhaus, Chur, Switzerland
â€¨6th Mar – Stall 6, Zürich, Switzerlandâ€¨
8th Mar – Szene, Vienna, Austria
â€¨9th Mar – Tabacka Kulturfabrik, Kosice, Slovakia
10th Mar – Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Rep
â€¨11th Mar – Centraltheater, Leipzig, Germany
â€¨12th Mar – Lagerhaus, Bremen, Germany
13th Mar – Volksbühneâ€¨, Berlin, Germany
14th Mar – Brotfabrik, Frankfurt, Germany
â€¨15th Mar – Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany
16th Mar – Knust, Hamburg, Germany
â€¨17th Mar – Mau, Rostock, Germany
Watch a video of the band accepting the award below: ï»¿