Efterklang

Efterklang is a band from Copenhagen, Denmark. We consist of 4 core members (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen, Thomas Husmer & Rasmus Stolberg) who have played together since December 2000. You can read our official and current biography further below.

Performing live and also often while recording, we are joined by sweet and talented people like Niklas Antonson (trombone + more), Peter Broderick (violin + more), Frederik Teige (guitar + more), and Heather Woods Broderick (piano, flute and vocal).

In addition, a lot of generous musicians and fearless instruments have participated on the records we’ve made and made us more than we actually are. Among our key contributors is Hvass&Hannibal, who have made all our artwork since 2006 including the music video for Mirador, stage design for Performing Parades and our T-shirts.

In the original line-up of our band you could also find Rune Mølgaard. He has taken a more secluded role the last few years, but he is still around and he sometimes co-write on Efterklang songs.

We recently signed to 4AD and we will release our third album entitled Magic Chairs through them on February 22nd 2010. Before this new deal with 4AD we have released various albums and DVD, EPs and more on British The Leaf Label. A list of our releases can be seen in the Discography section.

Besides Efterklang, we also run the record label Rumraket. So far the label has released music by fine artists like: amiina - Cacoy - Erik Levander - Grizzly Bear - Kama Aina - Slaraffenland - Taxi Taxi! - Canon Blue and Our Broken Garden.

Biography, summer 2009

by The Leaf Label
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. This is music with no boundaries.

Childhood friends Casper Clausen, Mads Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg grew up on the small Danish island of Als, close to the German border. Fuelled by youthful ambition, the trio moved to Copenhagen where they were joined by Rune Mølgaard and Thomas Husmer, forming Efterklang in December 2000.

Early on, the band instituted a self-sufficient working method that they still apply to everything they do: writing, recording, producing and organizing every element of their music and performance from their Copenhagen bunker.

In 2004 Efterklang signed to The Leaf Label, and their first album Tripper (2004) still stands as the fastest selling debut album in the label’s 15-year history. Their second full-length album, Parades (2007), pushed things to another level. The recordings involved more than 30 guest musicians, including a string quartet, a brass quintet and three separate choirs. The video for the album’s lead single ‘Mirador’ has now racked up over a million (1,000,000!) views on Youtube

Parades received generous critical acclaim in Denmark and abroad. According to Mojo and Drowned in Sound the album was among the 25 best records released in 2007, while Clash magazine acclaimed it as one of the Top 40 albums in their five-year history. In their native Denmark, Efterklang have been awarded five important music prizes (three Steppeulven in 2007 and two Danish Music Awards in 2008) and topped several album of the year lists.

Efterklang are well-known for their stunning live shows. Following the release of Parades the band took their eight-piece live band on the road for 15 months, playing more than 130 concerts across North America, Asia and Europe. The tour established Efterklang as one of the most fascinating and uplifting live acts around today.

Their most significant performance to date took place at the brand new Koncerthuset in Copenhagen in September 2008. Together with The Danish National Chamber Orchestra they performed the newly orchestrated Parades from start to finish. This special show was a breathtaking, majestic affair and was recorded for posterity in sound and pictures. The recordings will be released in October 2009 as Performing Parades.

Efterklang have already begun work on their third full-length album, with a release expected in the spring of 2010.

Efterklang:
Mads Brauer electronics, production, mixing and more
Casper Clausen vocals and multi-instrumentalist
Thomas Husmer drums, trumpet, percussion
Rasmus Stolberg bass, guitar

beloved live-band members:
Heather Woods Broderick – piano, vocal
Peter Broderick - violin, multi-instrumentalist
Frederik Teige - guitar, choir
Niklas Antonson – trombone, multi-instrumentalist

Discography:

Springer - mini-album, Rumraket 2003
Tripper - album, The Leaf Label 2004
Swarming - digital EP, The Leaf Label 2005
Springer - reissue, The Leaf Label 2005
One-Sided LP - LP, Burnt Toast Vinyl 2006
Under Giant Trees - mini-album, The Leaf Label 2007
Parades - album, The Leaf Label 2007
Caravan - single, The Leaf Label 2008
Performing Parades - live album & DVD, The Leaf Label 2009