Destined for the ‘obscure, kinda interesting’ slot come end-of-year list time

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Efterklang - 'Piramida'

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Efterklang – ‘Piramida’

Behold the ambitiously complex adult-pop of Denmark’s Efterklang – if it were any more tasteful it’d be an olive-green polo neck. Though it’s never cool to mock such impressive musicianship, the classically based ‘Piramida’ is a fusty old thing, even if between its elegantly interlocking brass and woodwind parts are sexier ingredients from synthpop and indie-funk. The main problem lies in the dearth of choruses and verses. In place of these songwriting basics, we witness the arrival of yet another leftfield instrument, confusing your palate rather than conveying some arcane type of wondrous richness. Meanwhile, Casper Clausen’s beige voice is the anti-fun. Isolated moments of brilliance abound – the Spielbergian curlicues of violin on ‘Monument’ and the choral flares of ‘Dreams Today’, in particular – while shades of ‘TLF’-style Foals come and go. But the Dane’s songs never quite equal the sum of their many parts, meaning that pop vitality is in short supply. Destined for the ‘obscure, kinda interesting’ slot come end-of-year list time.

John Calvert