Efterklang - Parades

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Efterklang - Parades

Postby pheadx on Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:42 am

For those who love the kinds of Sigur Ros, go get and try Efterklangs new album Parades. Once you listened to it twice, you will want to hear it again.
It's my favourite at the moment (especially when it gets cold and snowy outside) and I hope that many people will enjoy it. Here's an excerpt from the amazon review:

With the release of Tripper in 2004, Efterklang established themselves as a band apart. The record mixed multilayered vocals, electronic rhythms and string arrangements into a series of emotionally charged orchestral movements containing grand romantic flourishes. Tripper stands as the fastest selling debut album in The Leaf Label s history, and Efterklang went on to become one of Denmark s best loved groups (Under Giant Trees debuted at number one on their home country's singles chart).

Work on Parades began in late 2005 with a series of simple song sketches. Then, they began to develop. The recording itself took 18 intense months and involved more than 30 guest musicians, including a string quartet, a brass quintet and three separate choirs. The band describes their writing and recording method as one long process of sculpturing; adding, stretching or subtracting the pieces of each song, finding the right melodies to guide the different pieces and instrumentation of it all. The album title refers to this approach; the notion being that each song is an assemblage of separate celebratory events, brought together as a accomplished whole. As the band describes it, We like the idea that these songs are a huge parade moving past the listener each section creating a new experience, an individual room of a house. Yet all the elements fit together, so you get a sense of the entire structure as the elements shift and coalesce.

Unlike previous recordings, the band relied less on digital techniques and went for a palatial sound by recording in large rooms. A boys' choir and a church organ were recorded in a church, while other instruments were recorded in their studio bathroom and hallway; others in an echo chamber. Darren Allison (who worked on My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, and Ladies and Gentlemen... by Spiritualized records that surely need no introduction) mixed the album on analogue equipment with Efterklang s Mads Brauer, distinguishing the minutiae of sound while keeping the bigger picture of each song firmly in focus.

cheers
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Postby pheadx on Sun Dec 02, 2007 6:47 am

oh i found this awesome trailer to the album: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpzcOP-arYg
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