CMU Approved

Approved: Efterklang – Cities Of Glass

By | Published on Tuesday 14 June 2016


You’ll no doubt remember that Efterklang came to an end in 2014. Well, sort of an end. “It is time to reflect and time to move forward”, the band said ahead of a ‘final’ show in Denmark in February of that year. “We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform”.

The break was probably necessary; they had kind of dug themselves into a rut by becoming ‘that band that does stuff with orchestras’. It wasn’t a bad place to be, but it had also become a bit predictable. So they went off and formed a new band, Liima, with Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönnkö, releasing an album earlier this year. And last year they premiered an opera in collaboration with composer Karsten Fundal.

That opera – ‘Leaves – The Colour Of Falling’ – will be released on record on 4 Nov, with further live performances set for 2017. It still sees the band merging the worlds of contemporary and classical music (and working with an orchestra), but it’s clear that they have refreshed their approach.

They’ll perform ‘Leaves’ live in London at the Barbican on 9 Mar next year, and you can hear ‘Cities Of Glass’ from the recording here:

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