Release Date: Sep 20, 2019
Record label: 4AD
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Efterklang may have been gone for seven years, but the Danish trio were still very much together and it's this connection that's at the heart of their latest Altid Sammen, or Always Together. The fifth full length is the first delivered completely in their native language, and it's this strange lilting sound-driven approach that creates the aforementioned sense of community. Casper Clausen's voice is the latest experimental instrument the band are toying with here and it contains multitudes.
But not Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg. If anything, the Danish trio, who make up Efterklang , spent just as much time together on their hiatus as they did while they were a band. They even started a totally new band, Liima, with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö and wrote an opera together. But then, Efterklang were never really an ordinary band.
Known for their neo-classical, experimental post-rock, Danish trio Efterklang reached a career high with their ambitious fourth album, 2012's Piramida, an icy masterstroke rooted in eerie, field-recorded sounds the band captured at a deserted Russian settlement on a remote Norwegian island near the North Pole. Following it up would be no simple task, and they managed to avoid doing so for nearly seven years while bandmates Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer, and Rasmus Stolberg focused on different projects, including co-writing an opera with composer Karsten Fundal and forming a new band, Liima, which sounded very much like a more synth-heavy pop version of their main outfit. Released in 2019, Altid Sammen is Efterklang's fifth studio album and their first to be sung entirely in their native language.
Altid Sammen' (translating to "always together") is the fifth album from Danish band Efterklang, and their first release in seven years. It is a record full of sonic experimentation, which the trio are known for, and examines all the relationships, which connect us from nature to death and much more in between. The nine-track album is sung in Danish, in collaboration with B.O.X., a baroque ensemble founded by lute player, Pieter Theuns.