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Boomkat Product Review:
Combining Efterklang's 2004 debut album, Tripper (which still holds the accolade of being the fastest selling debut in the history of Leaf) with its preceding 2003 mini-album, Springer, this special reissue package also includes live recordings of album tracks. TRIPPER: 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. SPRINGER: After 'Tripper' became Leaf's biggest selling debut album, it's no surprise that they've had a dig about and unearthed the bands self-released 2003 'Springer' EP. With only 500 original copies pressed, 'Springer' has become something of a eBay fixture, as the Danish multi-media mob gained popularity having seemingly snagged something in the music buying public's subconscious. Shot through by a firm understanding of modern classical, Efterklang open the EP with 'Kly Gyn' wherein digital shards underpin a bombastic, post(almost prog)-rock song that sounds like it has a full orchestra's worth of contributors. Based around Linda Drejer's vocal performance, 'Kloy Gyn' is like Sigur Ros to the power of 10 yet devoid of any cloying elfin overtones. Following straight on is 'Antitech' which, through it's opening dubby electronica, bears comparison with Oval before evolving into a vocal led song which could easily have graced early Faultline releases. Drejer surfaces again on the bucolic stomp of 'Bright' where the male/female duet brings to mind a less claustrophobic Black Box Recorder whilst the abstract noodlings of 'Filmosonic XL' allows them to purge some of their leftfield urges. Lovely.