Forever fascinated by the purest possibilities of sound, since forming in 2001 Efterklang have consistently adjusted their sonic modus operandi to suit very specific inspirations. The name Efterklang comes from the Danish word for “remembrance” or “reverberation.”
Constantly pushing the boundaries of pop experimentalism over the course of critically acclaimed albums Efterklang have combined remarkably studied songcraft and emotional resonance. The drive to experiment informs an approach to live performances, garnering the band plaudits for playing in diverse settings – whether alongside the Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia (‘Performing Parades Tour’), Northern Sinfonia (Piramida Concerts) or to the company of family members (Vincent Moon’s, An Island documentary).
Piramida, and The Piramida Concerts, which Music Beyond Mainstream made possible in the UK in collaboration with Royal Northern Sinfonia, is perhaps the band’s greatest achievement: an album and live show bringing the outside in, informed by frozen time and the relics humanity leaves in its expanding wake. Piramida’s roots were laid in 2010, when the band first saw photographs of a forgotten settlement lying, slowly dying, on Spitsbergen, an island of the Svalbard archipelago midway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole. This ghost town, which the trio eventually visited in August 2011 (drummer Thomas Husmer left before Piramida’s commencement), would give their fourth album its title, and comprise the conceptual catalyst for its contents.
The band performed a unique concert together with Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester (South Denmark Philharmonic), Sønderjysk Pigekor (South Denmark Girls Choir), Hans Ek (conductor) and a string of special guests in 2014. It was named ‘The Last Concert‘, and featured songs from their entire discography as well as unreleased and so far unknown Efterklang songs. Esteemed cinematographer Vincent Moon documented and interpreted the concert in one long take.
They called it ‘The Last Concert’, but Efterklang are indeed still around and busier than ever with a string of projects.Efterklang Website