10 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Danish trio Efterklang link up with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö for their new project, lacing breathy pop with pulsing complications. Liima’s debut album feels like the benevolent work of mad scientists, whether in the service of woozy crooning (“Russians”) or off-kilter dance-floor summons (“Roger Waters”). Lead single “Amerika” sums up the band’s odd marriage of frazzled synth and distorted beats with suave vocals and subtler rhythms. Even the smoothest tracks get roughened with ambushing twists, adding a rebellious edge to these lively pop experiments.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Danish trio Efterklang link up with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö for their new project, lacing breathy pop with pulsing complications. Liima’s debut album feels like the benevolent work of mad scientists, whether in the service of woozy crooning (“Russians”) or off-kilter dance-floor summons (“Roger Waters”). Lead single “Amerika” sums up the band’s odd marriage of frazzled synth and distorted beats with suave vocals and subtler rhythms. Even the smoothest tracks get roughened with ambushing twists, adding a rebellious edge to these lively pop experiments.

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About Liima

Liima (Finnish for "glue") is a collaborative project between Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer, and Rasmus Stolberg -- all co-founders of Danish indie electronic group Efterklang -- along with Finnish jazz percussionist Tatu Rönkkö. Like Efterklang, Liima utilizes soaring vocals, samples, and delicate electronic beats, but it has much more of a free, improvisatory nature. The quartet was established in July of 2014 when the Danish musicians were invited to perform at Our Festival in Finland. The group spontaneously wrote material for the event, and enjoying their creative freedom, they continued performing together at various venues and festivals across Europe. Liima recorded their debut album in Berlin with producer Jonas Verwijnen in 2015; titled ii, it was issued by 4AD in March of 2016. ~ Paul Simpson

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