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Efterklang Share New Single & Video “Animated Heart” Starring South Denmark Girls’ Choir – New Album “Things We Have In Common” out September 27th on City Slang

June 19, 2024
Photo credit: Søren Lynggaard


Share new single “Animated Heart” starring South Denmark Girls’ Choir
New Album ‘Things We Have In Common’ out September 27 on City Slang
Live dates including Barbican in October

Efterklang have shared a new single and accompanying video, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Things We Have In Common’which is set for release on September 27, 2024 on City Slang. The band will tour extensively in support of the album throughout the Autumn and Winter, including a show at London’s Barbican on October 5th.

In March, Efterklang introduced their latest sonic chapter with “Getting Reminders”, a stand-alone single featuring Beirut’s Zach Condon on trumpet and followed last month with the effervescent second single “Plant” featuring Mabe Fratti on cello and vocals. Today they share a third look at the forthcoming new album with “Animated Heart” – a heart-swelling ballad, starring Sønderjysk Pigekor (South Denmark Girls’ Choir), who the band have collaborated with frequently over the last twelve years.

Speaking on the track, Efterklang vocalist Casper Clausen comments: “This piece originated in my little studio in Lisbon. In the early stages of the process, I shared numerous sketches with the others, and this one stood out. As we began to develop it further, we often played it together with the girls’ choir, Sønderjysk Pigekor, from our hometown. Their addition brought a whole gospel vibe to the track, which I found incredibly appealing. I was struck by how their voices seemed to lift the composition into another realm, creating a sense of expansiveness that no instrument or single voice could achieve. I’m singing about being alone, clinging to the stone, kissing oneself to the bone, deep in the heart of the soul.”

The accompanying video was directed by Søren Lynggaard and the band’s Rasmus Stolberg, portraying the members of the choir. Stolberg says: “The video is an homage to the choir who are featured on ‘Animated Heart’ and have given us so many unforgettable musical memories. Inspired by the scenes of ticket lines in Jem Cohen’s Fugazi documentary, we met with the choir to film the video on May 29, 2024. We are honoured to have the choir featured in the song and video, and we are inspired by the hope they bring for the future.”

Prepare to be lifted and dazzled by this sincere new single release from Efterklang. This ethereal ensemble has an immense array of heart and soul. It becomes a track you can lose yourself in as the gentle acoustic notes and the collaborative harmonies produce this dreamy and mesmeric touch. As swirling electronics and this gentle percussive shuffle bounce through the structure, Efterklang’s lo-fi vocal tones combined with the floating harmonic choir movements piece together this flawless sonic mosaic. The exploration is just over 4 minutes long and completely entrances the listener during that time, whilst alternating the audience’s mood as they reflect on the emotion that drives this voyage.

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:

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

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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