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EFTERKLANG ~ Altid Sammen
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 they’ve 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 Clausen’s warm, weathered and wise vocals. The album will be released on the band's own label Rumraket in the Nordic and on 4AD in rest of the world.
Approached by B.O.X – a Belgian ensemble founded by lute player Pieter Theuns, performing new music with baroque orchestration – Casper Clausen (vocal), Mads Brauer (synth, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg (bass) composed material for a joint performance at Theuns’ own mixMass festival in Antwerp in January 2018. But the music they began writing for this performance soon took on a life of its own. The performance left Efterklang fired-up to commit this work to tape. “We walked offstage feeling super-elevated,” says Stolberg. “Let’s get into a studio and document this.” Their initial plan was to record the album solely in collaboration with the B.O.X ensemble. But later that summer the trio appeared at Berlin’s PEOPLE festival, a 7-day experience where musicians from around the world (including Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner, Beirut’s Zach Condon, Justin Vernon, Feist and the Dessner brothers, along with 150 more artists) collaborate and perform in various new ensembles. As well as performing with various friends new and old, the trio also played together as Efterklang, revisiting the new songs, but this time with other musicians onstage. “And we realised then, these songs deserved our full attention – the scope of possibilities was inspiring,” says Stolberg. “It was time to make a new Efterklang album.” Read the full bio here.
All songs written by Efterklang except Uden ansigt written by Rune Mølgaard & Efterklang.
Produced by Efterklang.
Track 1,2,4,5,6,7,9 co-produced by Kasper Winding.
Mixed by David Chalmin at Studio LFO in the Basque Country.
Mastered by Francesco Donadello at Calyx Mastering in Berlin.
Recorded by Pierre Dozin at Jet Studio in Brussels, Birgir Jon Birgisson at Sundlaugin in Mosfellsbær, Martin Høgild at Panalama, Thomas Vang at The Village, Peter Barnow at Studiet på Frederiksberg and Mads Brauer at Efterklang’s studio in Copenhagen.
All songs performed by Efterklang with generous contributions from:
Jon Birdsong: cornet & cornetto (track 1,2,5,7,9)
Lambert Colson: cornetto (track 1,2,5,7,9)
Liam Byrne: viola da gamba (track 1,2,4,5,6,7,9)
Jutta Troch: harp (track 2,4,5,6,7,9)
Pieter Theuns: theorbo (track 2,4,6,7,9)
Anthony Romaniuk: pipeorgan (track 1,2,4,9), harpsichord (track 4) Hammond organ (track 6,7), rhodes (track 4)
All instruments above co-arranged by the members of B.O.X
Siv Øyunn Kjenstad: drums (track 2,6)
Victor Dybbroe: percussion (track 4,5,6,7)
Joel Wästberg: drums (track 3), spinet (track 7), gong (track 7), bass rhodes (track 9)
Kjartan Sveinsson: piano (track 1,2,3), CP80 (track 2,3), omnichord (track 1)
Kasper Winding: kick drum (track 4)
David Chalmin: drum machine (track 4), organ (track 5)
Pétur Ben: guitar (track 3), choir arrangement (track 7)
Bert Cools: guitar (track 1,3,4,6,7)
Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė: kanklės (1,6,7), vocals (3,8,9)
Kliður: choir (track 2,7,9)
Lil Lacy: vocals (track 5,7)
Christian Balvig: synth (track 7)
Gunnar Halle: trumpet solo (track 7)
Album artwork by Hvass&Hannibal & SEEN CGI.
Concept, design and art direction by Hvass&Hannibal. Imagery and rendering by SEEN CGI.
Technical drawings by Frederikke Becher Hermansen.
A special thanks to Pieter Theuns & B.O.X for getting us started.
We would also like to thank the People Festival, The Lake Radio, everyone at 4AD, Playground, Mick and Dave at Art & Industry, Andreas Koefoed, Adam Jandrup, Nan Na Hvass, Sofie Hannibal, Anders Stig Møller & Tatu Rönkkö. We would also like to thank The Danish Arts council and KODA’s cultural funds for support. We are fortunate to be working with so many inspiring people when we make records and play concerts and we want to thank all of them as well as our friends and families.