Album Review: Efterklang – ‘Magic Chairs’

Take your seats for the new heroes of experimental indie

Considering that band meetings of Danish post-rock experimentalists probably involve cardigans, no smiling and are set in black and white, you wouldn’t think they’d pass a motion to make a bid for the mainstream. But, after years of self-producing with old tin pots in their Copenhagen bunker, Efterklang’s first release on the legendary 4AD label is packed full of immediate melodies and soul – like on the moving call to arms of ‘Modern Drift’. When they’re not lushing it with strings and pianos, ‘Raincoats’ beautifully apes the awkward funk of [a]Radiohead’s[/a] ‘15 Step’, and with main vocalist Casper Clausen sounding like Chris Martin, you can’t help think this is the kind of record [a]Coldplay[/a] and Brian Eno should have made.

Matt Warwick

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