However, the album isn’t some imposing industrial workout worthy of DAF or Nurse With Wound; the lush, inviting production, Casper Clausen’s empathetic vocals and the echoes of the stirring orchestrations which accompanied early live performances of the album create a majestic journey through sophisticated pop. The album most closely resembles ‘The Colour Of Spring’ era Talk; the jazz inflections, soaring female backing vocals and thoroughly adult arrangements could easily err on the side of middlebrow coffee table ephemera but the band’s songwriting guile and craft retains an emphasis on style over substance.
‘Black Summer’ is a beautiful, gently building, bruised anthem and the standout track; ‘Told To Be Fine’, constructed from the use of re-invigorated ornate glass lamps, is a shimmering, glistening shuffle, propelled by heavily reverberating percussion and giddy arpeggios while ‘Monument’ shrouds itself in warm synths and present-but-absent vocal effects.
The difficult in making an album with such a strong thematic basis is that it can become easily overwrought, the theme ultimately overpowering the delivery. The fact that Efterklang have managed to cultivate such an effortless sounding exercise in sonic geographies is sheer testament to their skill as master artisans.
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