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Album Review

While not quite as innovative as their Nordic neighbors Sigur Rós and Björk, Efterklang taps into the Icelandic sound with electronic beats, moving orchestral backgrounds, and dreamy vocal melodies. For Magic Chairs, the Danish chamber pop ensemble's third album and 4AD debut, the approach is refined a bit. Recording for the first time outside of their home studio, the band tracked the basic drum, guitar, bass, and vocal parts outright, before returning to Copenhagen to add string and brass flourishes, courtesy of 17 accompanying musicians. While this may sound overblown, it's actually a step back from 2004’s Tripper, which featured twice as many guests, or 2007's Parades, which showcased a grand total of three choirs. Even with its massive production, Magic Chairs surprises by never feeling overly bloated. The arrangements accent and enhance appropriately, ebbing and flowing along with Casper Clausen’s passionate lead vocals. Opening anthem "Modern Drift" is the standout single, with its exultant “I can’t keep my head inside” chorus, but as dense as the album is, there’s an endless number of other patchworked sonic ideas to latch onto, digital and otherwise. Fans of Menomena, Elbow, and Grizzly Bear should definitely look into this.

Customer Reviews

Magic, Indeed

Great music from one of the most hard-working and talented bands in the world. This is their most accessible album to date and I expect them to gain many fans with it. See them live!

Not the same Efterklang anymore.

Every band that has stayed together after an album or two's release eventually branches out and tries to incorporate new elements into their sound. In some cases, however, the change is so radical that it feels like it's an attempt to become more widely accepted and mainstream. This feels like it's the case here. Hey, I understand the need to find a way to make this career profitable, but it's not going to rub every fan the right way. This album gets 4 stars from me because it's still a catchy collection of songs with good backing melodies. It's a shame it had to come to this though.


I love their previous stuff with the great horns backgrounds and uncomprehendible lyrics(if any vocals at all). But this is...well, different! I still like it, but I can't believe this is still the same Efter I've come to know and love! some of these songs sound more like a mixture of coldplay and soul music!!! WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU EFTER?!?!?!?!

...but I still kind of like long as I pretend it's someone else :(


Formed: 2000 in Copenhagen, Denmark

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Efterklang's post-rock experiments were first heard in December 2000, when childhood friends Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (computer), and Rasmus Stolberg (guitar) -- all three having recently moved to Copenhagen from the tiny Danish island of Als -- joined musical forces with pianist Rune Mølgaard (piano) and drummer/trumpeter Thomas Husmer. From the start, the bandmembers took a D.I.Y. approach to their music, handling all aspects of songwriting, recording, and production in their Copenhagen...
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