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Efterklang Announce New Album “Things We Have In Common” Due September 27th via City Slang & Release New Single/Video “Plant” ft Mabe Fratti

May 24, 2024
Photo credit: Søren Lynggaard

EFTERKLANG

Announce new album
 ‘Things We Have In Common’ out Sept 27 on City Slang
Share new single & video “Plant” featuring Mabe Fratti

Back in March, Efterklang introduced their latest sonic chapter with “Getting Reminders”, a stand-alone single featuring Beirut’s Zach Condon on trumpet. Today, they have followed up with the announcement of a new album ‘Things We Have In Common’set for release on September 27, 2024 on City Slang, accompanied by live dates which will include a show at London’s Barbican on October 5th.

Along with the announcement comes new single, “Plant” featuring Mabe Fratti on cello and vocals. “Plant” is accompanied by a video directed and created by Søren Lynggaard and Niels Buhl Hendriksen, and takes the creative play with still and live photos seen in the “Getting Reminders” video to a whole new level.

Vocalist Casper Clausen explains that “Plant” is “a song dedicated to the act of reaching out, beyond ourselves, daring to go beyond our inner world and share ourselves with others, putting our vulnerability on display, like a plant reaching for the light. This is one of the first songs we wrote for the new album, and it’s been a long journey, starting from a sketch by our longtime friend, collaborator, and co-founder of Efterklang, pianist Rune Mølgaard.

Collaborator Mabe Fratti says recording “Plant” with Efterklang “was extremely joyful as I remember witnessing the song developing when I went with Efterklang to Sommertræf two years ago. It’s a breeze, this song. I felt that Casper’s tone and mine are super friendly with each other!

Easily one of the most striking releases of 2024, this ambitious composition conveys this complex array of heartfelt sincerity and a vast cadence of pure emotion. The new single is guaranteed to move you, alter your mood, a track that provides comfort, reflective resonance and this immersive altering atmosphere.

With their newest record, Efterklang close the circle that began with their 2019 album ‘Altid Sammen’ and continued with 2021’s ‘Windflowers’. These three records represented an opening to a simpler, more inclusive form of expression for the Danish trio, exploring themes of human connection, the relationship between humans and nature and collective spirituality and belonging. Mads BrauerCasper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg have been playing music together as the three primary members of Efterklang for over 20 years, alongside a collective of other musicians who collaborate with them across albums and performances. Pianist and composer Rune Mølgaard formed Efterklang with the three members but left after their 2007 sophomore record Parades, orbiting around the band to varying degrees since. But for ‘Things We Have In Common’, Rune found himself returned to the fold, co-writing 7 of the 9 songs on the record.

During the years of his absence from the band, Rune fell in love with a woman who had grown up in the Mormon Church and found his spiritual side awakened, embracing the religion with his body and soul. Yet as time passed, Rune found it increasingly difficult to keep his newfound faith and eventually his belief crumbled under the weight of his unanswered questions. Finally, in 2022, he broke with the Mormon Church.

Although Efterklang had invited Rune to work with them on ‘Things We Have In Common’ before he left the church, after he left their relationship intensified. The conversations the band members had about his decision to leave the church colored the album as they worked, with the three primary members of Efterklang stepping back to create room for Rune’s ideas and sonic universe. 

“Towards the end of the album process we talked about belonging, in relation to Rune’s journey – how he no longer found that feeling in the church,” explains Rasmus of the album’s title. “We talked about how Casper’s sense of belonging is tied to something nomadic, and about how Mads and I associate this with our families.” 

But all of them find a home in music. “It became a completely therapeutic process for me,” says Rune of his experience writing the record. “When we write music together, it happens from a genuinely curious place, in a shared experience of the moment.” It’s a process which requires the act of surrender. As Casper puts it, “Existing in situations where we don’t belong anywhere or with anyone – and being together in that.”

Efterklang were joined by a number of musicians in addition to Rune to create ‘Things We Have In Common’. Finnish drummer Tatu Rönkkö, Venezuelan guitarist Hector Tosta and Guatemalan cellist and singer Mabe Fratti all became key collaborators. Italian award-winning mixer Francesco Donadello has also left a significant mark on the record, as has the South Denmark Girls’ Choir, who sing on “Animated Heart” and “To A New Day”.

‘Things We Have In Common’ track list:
01) Balancing Stones
02) Plant
03) Getting Reminders
04) Ambulance
05) Leave It All Behind
06) Animated Heart
07) Shelf Break
08) Sentiment
09) To A New Day

Efterklang live dates:
May 17: Warsaw, PL – Millennium Docs Against Gravity
Oct 5: London, UK – Barbican                   
Nov 2: Sønderborg, DK – Alsion
Nov 4: Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
Nov 5: Vienna, AT – B72
Nov 6: Prague, CZ – Palac Akropolis
Nov 7: Bielsko-Biała, PL – Cavatina Hall
Nov 8: Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 13: Odense, DK – Magasinet
Nov 14: Aalborg, DK – Studenterhuset
Nov 15: Aarhus, DK – Voxhall
Nov 16: Copenhagen, DK – Store Vega
Dec 5: Vilnius, LV – Kablys
Dec 6: Riga, LT – Tu Jau Zini Kur
Dec 7: Tallinn, EE – Paavli Kultuurivabrik
Dec 8: Helsinki, FI – Kuudes Linja
Dec 10: Uppsala, SE – Katalin
Dec 11: Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
Dec 12: Oslo, NO – Munch
Dec 13: Göteborg, SE – Skeppet
Dec 14: Malmö, SE – Babel


2025
Jan 18: Antwerp, BE – De Singel
Jan 19: Maastricht, NL – Muziekgieterij
Jan 20: Utrecht, NL – Pandora @ TivoliVredenburg
Jan 22: Oberhausen, DE – Ebertbad
Jan 23: Wiesbaden, DE – Kesselhaus
Jan 24: Munich, DE – Strom
Jan 25: Milan, IT – Bellezza
Jan 27: Zurich, CH – Bogen F
Jan 28: Stuttgart, DE – Im Wizermann
Jan 29: Paris, FR – Alhambra
Tickets: https://efterklang.net/concerts

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