The release date of Efterklang’s new album, Piramida on 4AD, has been announced as September 21st.
This is just after the band plays two pretty special sounding shows in Ireland, and a year and a bit after a monumental contribution to the Reich Effect Festival in Cork, when they joined forces with Daniel Bjarnason & His Messing Orchestra at the Savoy Theatre.
Read this, great music fans.
The making of Efterklang´s new album started out in unusual fashion in August 2011, when the members of Efterklang (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg) went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole. Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Piramida, which was abandoned overnight in 1998, and today stands as a slowly decaying ruin still full of physical memories like the world´s northernmost piano.
Intriguing, says you. As is their wont, they made a load of audio recordings on the island to use as launching points for the new album. This trailer gives a little flavour of the place and of the band’s methods.
Looks pretty spooky, this abandoned town – all kinds of 28 Days Later-style zombie movie plots spring to mind. The band was also invited to play with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at Sydney Opera House (not THE Opera House, you understand) in May, where they premiered some material from the new album. Here’s a sneak preview.
Nice threads, guys. We’ll expect nothing less than top hat and tails in September, then.
Friday 14 September- Meeting House Square, Dublin
Saturday 15 September- Cork Opera House
Two very special shows in Ireland as part of ABSOLUT Fringe Festival