Boomkat Product Review:
Another label that has seemingly found its finest form of late, Leaf's latest signing "Efterklang" deliver a beautifully realised debut that has had us transfixed. This Danish band boasts a remarkable lineup, a ten piece outfit that includes amongst its ranks the amazing Amina quartet (Amina provide all the strings for Sigur Ros) plus a breathtaking arrangement of brass, piano, percussion, electronics and even a choir from Greenland. Their sound is very much rooted in the ethereal instrumental landscapes that Sigur Ros and Mum have delighted us with over the last few years, but the sound of "Efterklang" is considerably more organic and reverential. The opening "Foetus" sets the scene perfectly, slowly developing from a barely audible tinkle of shimmering padded bells to a haunted layer of midnight strings that eventually accompanies the hushed choir. Amazing stuff. The piano motifs and echoed voices on "Collecting Shields" also beautifully illustrate the ageless quality Efterklang posess, only the electronic malfunctioning that radiates little shards of sound throughout the album pulls you back into the beginning of the 21st century. It goes without saying that fans of Sigur Ros and Mum will immediately fall in love with this fabulous album, as will those of you who yearn for gentle yet daring music. Haunting, ageless, beautifully flawed night-time music for snow-filled landscapes and camp fire reunions. Gorgeous.