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Under Giant Trees Limited Edition, Maxi

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  • Audio CD (2 April 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Maxi
  • Label: Leaf
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Falling Horses
2. Himmelbjerget
3. Hands Playing Butterfly
4. Towards The Bare Hill
5. Jojo

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BBC Review

Danish 5-piece Efterklang celebrated its sixth year in January and close on the heels of that anniversary, they've released this 5 track, 30 minute EP. Under Giant Trees is the successor to Springer, another EP, and their debut album, Tripper. If you're not already familiar with the group and are impatient for some quick signposts to orient yourself, Efterklang's explores similar electro-acoustic territories as that of Mum, Colleen or Sigur Ros.

Opener, ''Falling Horses'', is brimful of yearning and wears its wearily passionate heart on its sleeve with pride. Its male/female vocals whisper and roar at times in unison, at times distinct, but entwined like snaking vines. Himmelbjerget continues seamlessly as melancholic trumpet and violin float to the surface of the keening ensemble sound. ''Hands Playing Butterfly'' begins reedily, like the musical evocation of a yellowed family photograph. It tiptoes gently to its close on dainty piano notes wreathed with plaintive strings like a Tindersticks instrumental. The mixture of dancing clockwork electronica and acoustic snap that drives ''Towards The Bare Hill'' along conjures thoughts of The Brothers Quay's most intricate animations.

Fans should note that the group's website promises none of the music on this EP will appear on their next album. It's a limited edition release and comes clothed in an exquisite digipak, its imagery a mixture of vivid colours, schematic houses and denuded winter trees. At its best, Under Giant Trees wields an impressive emotional weight that's likely to carry the listener far out to sea like an unexpected riptide. --Colin Buttimer

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven Davies on 28 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a mini album lasting half an hour, but there is more depth here than on many a long player. Efterklang are a genuinely exciting band, and are probably like nothing you've ever heard before.

The most striking thing about this band is the way they handle dynamics, the opener 'Falling Horses' being an excellent case in point. Beginning with a dense, reverberating chamber or strings, bells and keys, drums eventually materialise as though from a great distance. The crescendo fades out, leaving us with a solitary piano, before a choral section and guitar presses through. The technical skill of the arrangements is obvious, yet it evolves naturally and not in the pernicious manner of typical 70s prog music. Not content to dwell on a particualar feel, the music evokes different emotions, seen in the way a playful horn section eventually modulates into the songs dramatic, crashing melody. This is perhaps the best moment on the album, evoking the title most clearly: strong yet fragile, emotive yet well-earned, unique yet familiar.

'Himmelbjerget', the next track, clocks in at a similar time of seven minutes. Again, the track winds through a variety of different musical landscapes. Another thing to notice is the way in which the band selects between electronic beats and live percussion: every decision is appropriate to the creation of a particular mood.

After the epic scope of the opening two tracks, the next two are more low key, being far shorter and concetrating on one emotion. But the band return to the more expansive stlye for the last track, 'Jojo', building up to a dramatic string motif that eventually collapses under its own weight.

There is very little to criticise with this record.
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By Miss A McMahon on 29 Mar. 2013
Format: Audio CD
It's in the same vein as parades and earlier but longer, more ethereal.
Nice post cards too.
Lim. Ed. always appealing as well.
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By cbk on 3 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
All as promised !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
all time favourite 2 Feb. 2009
By John D. Engel - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Wonderfull, beautific, glory filled.... does that explain it? no?.. hmm.. then please listen to this melodically dense rich cake of singers, string, wind and nontraditional instruments that sounds both modern and ancient. Perhaps most important they create their own space and presence musically building complex instrumental works with background vocal harmonies that build and layer. love it.
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