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Parades + Under Giant Trees [Special Edition, Extra tracks, Import]

Efterklang Audio CD
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Mads Brauer (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Casper Clausen (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Thomas Husmer (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Rasmus Stolberg (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Efterklang make music for the inspired. But don’t feel left out, for Efterklang inspire all. Otherworldly pop songs, both magnificently ambitious and engagingly intimate. Breathtaking panoramas of sound with few clear antecedents. ... Read more in Amazon's Efterklang Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Aug 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Special Edition, Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: The Leaf Label
  • ASIN: B003VSPS82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,960 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Re-released alongside their 2004 debut LP Tripper, Parades is (to these ears) Efterklang’s finest album to date, a superbly sequenced suite that entrances and delights several listens after first contact. The record earned itself plenty of praise upon its original 2007 release, but deserves this fresh lease of life in the wake of its makers’ third collection, Magic Chairs, which came out in February 2010.

Compared to its successor, Parades is a more complex listen – where Magic Chairs introduced a greater immediacy to the Danish group’s chattering electronics and soothing strings, this set takes time to fully appreciate. It is not a record to pick apart into constituents, to shuffle into a new order; the way it moves from piece to piece demands that it is experienced in a single sitting. From the gentle opening voices – ghostly yet warm, detached yet embedded in a mix of sparking circuitry and teased percussion – of Polygyne through to the closing twinkles and thuds of Cutting Ice to Snow, it’s a whole that’s best left that way.

Singles were lifted from Parades, but the likes of Mirador and Caravan are best appreciated here, on their parent LP, than as standalone entities. That said, their videos are certainly worth a look – watch them on YouTube here (Mirador) and here (Caravan). The latter is a great example of the band’s use of lyrics as melodic tools as much as to convey any messages or themes. While the band does sing in English, the words can become indiscernible; but this simply adds to the air of mystery that surrounds this fascinating record. They are another layer to peel away, to digest in pursuit of understanding.

Tripper lays the foundations for what followed. It’s a more minimal, rawer-of-design release than either album after it, but will be of interest to those wanting to trace Efterklang’s progress back to their early, self-releasing roots. Those whose introduction to this spellbinding band was Magic Chairs are advised to seek out Parades first, though; especially now that it comes backed by the similarly styled, and similarly excellent, Under Giant Trees EP (2003’s Springer EP accompanies Tripper).

I’ve said it before, elsewhere, but Parades is this band’s Dark Side of the Moon – a wonderfully realised adventure through a singular musical vision. The band’s live performance of it, at London’s Barbican, is one of the best shows I have ever been to (the Copenhagen show was released as an album last year). It needs to be part of your record collection, and this double-disc version represents great value. Off you go, then.

--Mike Diver

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5.0 out of 5 stars Genre-defying music 7 July 2011
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Whilst operating somewhere in the pop and rock area, their music feels anything but. This is a finely constructed work with piano, horns, strings and voices to the fore. You won't get it on first listen. If you pay attention you may get it by the fifth. But if you stay with it, you're bound to adore it. It's gorgeous. If you're a fan of label-mates Grizzly Bear, you really need to give these guys a chance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, beautiful timeless 2 Feb 2011
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I had the good luck to see Efterklang last year. I had gone to see Grizzly Bear and Efterklang were guests. But it was the Efterklang performance that stayed with me.

I think there is perhaps one duff song on the two albums - and by duff I mean flat. All the rest are spine tingling emotional epics.

Efterklang have a big classical rock sound. With fantastic vocal harmonies. Think Polyphonic Spree meets Arcade Fire but better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dancer 24 Mar 2014
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I had no expectations and so was a blank slate for the music I discovered in Efterklang. I have to say that I liked it very much as I got used to the differentness of it. I listen to NPR for my music choices because it gives me a chance to hear the musicians interviewed and to hear some snapshots of the music. The arrangements were creative and filled with so much instrumentation with so many instruments. Quite beautiful, quite and while I listened, I imagined the set and these musicians and the connection they had to have to create this music. In addition, the CD art is also very impressive on both that I ordered. I guess I knew that I would love them because I ordered Piramida and Parades-Under Giant Trees!
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