Marking the group’s return seven years after their last studio release – a period of transition, of high adventures and creative questing – Efterklang’s fifth album Altid Sammen is their finest yet. Bold and ambitious, yet engaging on a primal and emotional level, the album is steeped in the experimentation that has been their trademark since their debut album, 2004’s Tripper, but is more elemental than theyve yet dared to be.
The music of Altid Sammen (the title means “Always Together”) is deep and sonorous. Their trademark tapestry of acoustic and electronic elements, woven together so expertly one hardly notices how each strengthens the other, has never sounded more accomplished. Sounds from the baroque and digital eras strike perfect harmonies together, bound together by Casper Clausens warm, weathered and wise vocals.
Their acclaimed last collection of songs, Piramida saw them chart a course from a ghost town in the Arctic to the Sydney Opera House – producing an album, a movie, a live album and a series of unforgettable shows across the world. Similarly, Altid Sammen is the product of a long, fruitful journey that the members of Efterklang – Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (synths, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg (bass) – didn’t even realise they’d undertaken until it was too late to turn back. It was a journey that began, somehow, with an ending…
Touring for the album wound down early in 2014, with a special performance in Sønderborg, the southern Denmark town where the members grew up. It wasn’t just a homecoming for Efterklang: revisiting their back pages in the company of a choir, the South Denmark Philharmonic and former band-members and past collaborators, the show – which they titled The Last Concert – marked the closing of a chapter.
The end result of all these journeys, all these experiments, is the best music of Efterklangs career. Its not a “reunion” album, because the members’ union was never sundered, no matter what The Last Concert might have suggested. But Altid Sammen is the work of a different band, of different men, than Piramida.
“Over these five years, we have realised that we look at Efterklang differently now, with eyes that are refreshed,” says Stolberg. “This feels like a start over. And it also feels like we have a new energy together, that we have all changed as individuals.”
Scritto da Zero Zurich