Boomkat Product Review:
Over recent years the Scandinavian nations have acquired quite a reputation for their expansive, orchestral pop music, with Efterklang being one of the most reliable ports of call for icy, string-based lyricism. Parades finds the band distancing themselves from the throngs of post-rock groups that emerged in the wake of Sigur Ros' success, instead focussing on a folksy, more up close and personal take on the genre. The crisply realised electronic sound design and church choir dynamics of 'Polygyne' typifies what Efterklang do best, occupying a grand scale yet avoiding the impersonal, succeeding in compressing an enormous amount of sonic detail into a comparatively intimate setting. The fact that the group seem to all muck in together (particularly when it comes to vocals) only adds to the charm. 'Mirador' is better yet, a piece that finds Efterklang getting quirky with some knockabout, domestic electronics, taking on Múm at their own game, and frankly, coming off very favourably. The mood does dip on occasion, with pieces like 'Frida Found A Friend' capturing the band in a mournful mood, pairing twinkling music box melodies with requiem-like brass and choral sequences. Parades follows up on the impressive form the group sustained throughout Under Giant Trees, proving that they're still in the upper tier of the Scando-rock elite.