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New Song – Listen to APPLES from Piramida

September 5, 2012 by Rasmus

Today we are very happy to share the song Apples from our forthcoming album Piramida.
You can download the song for free or just stream it. You decide – we just hope you will enjoy listening to it.

Piramida will be released September 24th worldwide on 4AD and Rumraket. You can PRE-ORDER HERE. We will also be touring this fall and winter. We are playing concerts with classical orchestras around Europe and in New York. Have a look at the CONCERT CALENDAR HERE.

Apples was one of the first songs we wrote for the album after our return from the trip to Piramida. Like many of the other songs on the album Apples is inspired by the cycle of human creations – that being creations like an entire city left to decay in the Arctic or the cycles of our interpersonal relationships in life. Apples is mainly a song about letting go of love in the attempt of finding it again.

For those who are interested in the origin of some of the sounds it might be interesting to know that the main synth sound is created from a micro sample of the worlds northernmost grand piano that still stands in Piramida. The melodic lines with the sort of metallic marimbaish sound are played on samples of metal spikes sticking out of huge blocks of concrete. Both sounds have been treated and processed massively.

Please also enjoy the nice Apples single artwork by Hvass&Hannibal.

 

Posted in Efterklang, Piramida |

New Efterklang Song – Hollow Mountain

August 15, 2012 by Rasmus

We are very happy to be able to share a new song with you today! It is called Hollow Mountain.
It is the opening song of our new album Piramida and now also the first song we are sharing from the album.

Piramida will be released on 4AD & Rumraket on September 24th 2012 worldwide. You can pre-order the album here.

We will be touring extensively in the fall playing Piramida Concerts with classical orchestras in Europe and New York. The concert calendar can be found at efterklang.net/home/concerts.


(If you live in GEMA controlled area, you can watch and listen to Hollow Mountain at Vimeo.com)

This visual piece accompanying Hollow Mountain is created and directed by Oodls (Jakob Steen & Christoffer Frandsen). The piece features the band’s own photos from their trip to Piramida as well as elements of Piramida album artwork (designed by Hvass&Hannibal).

The initial tones of Hollow Mountain are the sounds of protruding metal spikes of a curious-looking oil tank, which we found in Piramida. More info about this instrument can be found in yesterdays news post.

Hollow Mountain features contributions from Earl Harvin (drums, Tindersticks), Nils Frahm (wurlitzer), Peter Broderick (strings) and the 60-piece South Denmark’s Girls Choir. We hope you agree that this is nice song to open our new album with.

As previously revealed, the making of our new album started out in quite unusual fashion. In August 2011 we (Mads, Casper & Rasmus) travelled to Spitsbergen in the arctic. Our destination was the abandoned Russian settlement Piramida. It was left overnight in 1998 and today stands as a ghost town still full of relics from its past including the world northernmost grand piano. We spent 9 days in this ruin just a 1000 km from the North Pole and we collected over a 1000 recordings which we afterwards have used in different ways in the making of our new album.
If you haven’t already then we also recommend watching the teaser for Piramida which features clips from our trip to the arctic.

 

Posted in Efterklang, Piramida, Video |

On a Special Instrument Found and Used on Piramida

August 14, 2012 by Rasmus

Today we would like to share a few photos with you. They are photos of a special instrument we found on our expedition to Piramida on Spitsbergen (aka Pyramiden on Svalbard) back in August 2011. We spent 9 days in this Arctic ghost town (just a 1000 KMs from the North Pole) collecting sounds and inspiration for the album we would afterwards write and record in Berlin.

The very first sound and melody you hear on our new song Hollow Mountain is recorded live on this instrument and samples from it are used throughout the rest of the song. We nicknamed this instrument Miss Piggy. It was one of our most favorite discoveries in the ghost town.

Hollow Mountain is the opening song on our forthcoming 4th album entitled Piramida which will be released on 4AD and Rumraket September 24th 2012 (25th in the US). Pre-Order of Piramida available here.

We wanted to tell you about this now, because tomorrow you’ll be able to listen to our new song Hollow Mountain. We hope you´ll like it.

Posted in Efterklang, Photo, Piramida |

Updated Piramida Tour Plan incl. Mojo Approval

August 6, 2012 by Rasmus

We have just returned home from our holidays and are feeling refreshed and great. While we were gone new Efterklang concerts have been announced and this is the update on our Tour Plans for 2012.

While we were gone a new Mojo Magazine also came out and it includes a very generous live review of our Piramida Concert in Sydney Opera House together with Sydney Symphony. We blushed as school kids while reading and want to share this quote with you:

Piramida is the sound of Efterklang’s grasp meeting their reach, of their ambition evading the pretentious, the blankly grandiose, and rewarding them with a masterpiece. – Mojo, Aug 2012

EFTERKLANG PIRAMIDA TOUR 2012

SEPTEMBER
The Piramida Concerts – Efterklang & The Major Lift Orchestra conducted by Matthew Coorey
14.09 – DUBLIN, IE – Meeting House Square / ABSOLUT Dublin Fringe | Info & Tickets
15.09 – CORK, IE – Cork Opera House | Info & Tickets

The Piramida Concert – Efterklang & The Wordless Music Orchestra conducted by Matthew Coorey
22.09 – NEW YORK, NY – The Metropolitan Museum Of Art | Info & Tickets

OCTOBER
The Piramida Concerts – Efterklang & Copenhagen Phil conducted by André de Ridder (Support Peter Broderick)
10.10 – COPENHAGEN, DK – Konservatoriets Koncertsal | Info & Tickets
12.10 – HELSINGØR, DK – Kulturværftet | Info & Tickets

The Piramida Concerts – Efterklang & Northern Sinfonia conducted by André de Ridder + Special Guest
23.10 – GATESHEAD, NEWCASTLE, UK – The Sage | Info & Tickets
24.10 – EDINBURGH, UK – Usher Hall | Info & Tickets
27.10 – COVENTRY, UK – Warwick Arts Centre | Info & Tickets
28.10 – BRIGHTON, UK – Dome | Info & Tickets
29.10 – MANCHESTER, UK – Bridgewater Hall | Info & Tickets
30.10 – LONDON, UK – Barbican | Info & Tickets

NOVEMBER
The Piramida Concerts – Efterklang & Sinfonia Rotterdam conducted by Matthew Coorey
07.11 – EINDHOVEN, NL – Catharinakerk | Info & Tickets
08.11 – BRUSSELS, BE – AB | Info & Tickets

DECEMBER 2012
Efterklang & their 7-piece Live Band
01.12 – BUDAPEST, HU – A38 | Info & Tickets
02.12 – VIENNA, AT – Arena | Info & Tickets
03.12 – LEIPZIG, DE – Centraltheater | Info & Tickets
04.12 – HAMBURG, DE – Kampnagel | Info & Tickets
05.12 – BERLIN, DE – Volksbühne | Info
12.12 – STRASBOURG, FR – Laiterie | Info & Tickets
13.12 – PARIS, FR – Cafe De La Danse | Tickets

Posted in Concerts, Piramida |

We’re Looking for a Singer and a Drummer for our Live-Band [UPDATED]

July 10, 2012 by Rasmus

[UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE - July 14] We have received so many emails (thank you!!) and can´t handle anymore. Please only get in touch if you are the new Whitney Houston (with a taste for Ligety) or if you are a girl drummer (with groove).

Hello!

We are looking for a female singer to join our live-band. We are looking for someone in Berlin who is a trained singer and can sing soulful rock stuff like Talking Heads and who also can sing classical music style like Arvo Pärt for example. The soulful element is however the most important.

We will have auditions in Berlin August 2nd & 3rd. If you are interested then please write us at contact [at] efterklang.net

We are also looking for a drummer. Most of this year we are very fortunate to be playing with Budgie, but he can’t tour with us from December and onwards. If you play the drums, then get in touch. Auditions will be same days as auditions for singers.

The video here gives a good impression of what we are looking for. Enjoy! and Thank You!

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Tour |

New Album PIRAMIDA September 24th 2012 – New Trailer Video + Artwork + Orchestral Tour in Europe and NYC

June 26, 2012 by Rasmus

We are extremely proud and happy to tell you that our new album Piramida will be released world-wide on September 24th 2012 (Sep 25th in the US) on British label 4AD and via our own little label Rumraket in Scandinavia.

You can already now pre-order the album via our webshop on CD and Vinyl.

ALBUM TRAILER

As you can watch in the album trailer above the making of our new album started out in quite unusual fashion. In August 2011 we (Mads, Casper & Rasmus) travelled to Spitsbergen in the arctic. Our destination was the abandoned Russian settlement Piramida. It was left overnight in 1998 and today stands as a ghost town still full of relics from its past including the world northernmost grand piano. We spend 9 days in this ruin just a 1000 km from the North Pole and we collected over a 1000 recordings which we afterwards have used in different ways in the making of our new album.

The song featured in the album trailer is called Dreams Today and it is track 8 on Piramida. It features Nils Frahm on piano.

The album is inspired by our trip to Piramida, but also our new home in Berlin. We promise to share much more info about the album and the making of it later on.

ORCHESTRAL PIRAMIDA CONCERTS IN EUROPE AND NYC
In conjunction with the release we will be playing 15 special Piramida Concerts together with classical orchestras in some of Europe´s finest concert halls and also in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. We visit Ireland, UK, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and USA with The Piramida Concerts and we have also just announced three concerts in Germany with our 7-piece live band.

THE FULL TOURING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE here.

The artwork has also been revealed today. It is made by our long time collaborators Hvass&Hannibal. They have also made all the visuals for the Piramida Concerts, that premiered in Sydney Opera House in May. They are working on some very nice CD book style and nice vinyl editions of Piramida. You can already pre-order these now at our webshop.

Posted in Efterklang, Piramida |

The Ghost – new song live from Sydney Opera House

June 6, 2012 by Rasmus

May 26th we premiered the songs from our upcoming album Piramida live in Sydney Opera House together with the Sydney Symphony.

We are now very happy to share this recording of our new song The Ghost captured on film by the nice people from the Opera House and Vivid Live Festival who commissioned the concert.

Piramida will be released in September and we will be doing a tour of Piramida Concerts performing the album live together with classical orchestras. The dates are listed below and more will be announced soon.

The Efterklang live band in Sydney featured Peter Broderick on piano, Budgie on drums and Katinka Fogh Vindelev singing. The magnificent three will be joining us for all the Piramida Concerts this year.

THE PIRAMIDA CONCERTS
September:
The Piramida Concerts w. The Major Lift Orchestra & conductor Matthew Coorey:
14.09 DUBLIN, IEMeeting House Square / Absolut Fringe / info & TICKETS
15.09 CORK, IECork Opera House / info & TICKETS

October:
The Piramida Concerts w. Copenhagen Phil orch. & conductor André de Ridder, Support by Peter Broderick:
10.10 COPENHAGEN, DKKonservatoriets Koncertsal (Det gamle Radiohus) / info & TICKETS
11.10 FREDERIKSVÆRK, DKGjethuset / info & TICKETS
12.10 HELSINGØR, DKKulturværftet / info & TICKETS

The Piramida Concerts w. Northern Sinfonia orchestra & conductor André de Ridder & Special Guest:
23.10 GATESHEAD, NEWCASTLEThe Sage / info&tickets
24.10 EDINBURGHUsher Hall / info&tickets
27.10 COVENTRYWarwick Arts Centre / info&tickets
28.10 BRIGHTONDome / info&tickets
29.10 MANCHESTERBridgewater Hall / info&tickets
30.10 LONDONBarbican / info&tickets

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Piramida

Budgie on the Drums for Efterklang in Sydney!

May 15, 2012 by Rasmus

Budgie (of Siouxsie and The Banshees and The Creatures fame) will be our drummer, when we perform our new album Piramida in Sydney Opera House May 26th!

He is amazing and a very lovely fellow.
He is replacing Toby Dammit who had to step in and help The Stooges with their tour.

Tickets for The Piramida Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in Sydney Opera House can be bought at Vivid Live´s website.
We have also started to announce a list of Piramida Concerts with Orchestras in the fall. You can find details at the Concerts section.

We are rehearsing, rehearsing rehearsing and rehearsing this week. Here is a video of Budgie rehearsing a drum part for a new song:

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Piramida

Piramida Concerts in Denmark with Copenhagen Phil

May 8, 2012 by Rasmus

We are super busy finishing our coming album Piramida and also preparing for the Sydney Opera House concert this month, but are also excited to tell you that we have just announced three Piramida Concerts in Denmark.

The conductor will be André de Ridder and we will be performing with the Copenhagen Phil orchestra also known as Sjællands Symfoniorkester.

THE PIRAMIDA CONCERTS IN DENMARK

October 2012:
10 COPENHAGENKonservatoriets Koncertsal (Radiohuset) / info & TICKETS
11 FREDERIKSVÆRKGjethuset / info & TICKETS
12 HELSINGØRKulturværftet / info & TICKETS

Our dear friend and live band member Peter Broderick (US) will open all concerts with a solo concert.

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Piramida

Piramida Concerts in UK with Northern Sinfonia

March 27, 2012 by Rasmus

Two weeks ago it was announced that we will premiere our new album Piramida May 26th live at Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony (info&tickets).

Today we are very happy to announce six additional orchestra concerts of our new album Piramida (which is due for release later this year after the summer).

Together with the Northern Sinfonia and the conductor André de Ridder we will performing at some of England’s and Scotland’s finest concert halls in October 2012.

Hope to see you there! We can’t wait for October.
For more background info on this tour please visit this site. Please also visit Music Beyond Mainstream who is the kind organization behind this incredible tour.

THE PIRAMIDA CONCERTS IN UK

October 2012:
23 GATESHEAD, NEWCASTLEThe Sage / info&tickets
24 EDINBURGHUsher Hall / info&tickets
27 COVENTRYWarwick Arts Centre / info&tickets
28 BRIGHTONDome / info&tickets
29 MANCHESTERBridgewater Hall / info&tickets
30 LONDONBarbican / info&tickets

in Gateshead (Newcastle), UK
Beautiful! The Sage is one of the venues included in the tour

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Piramida

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