Looking Up. Again, Efterklang.

Looking Up. Again, Efterklang.

If you’ve yet to witness Efterklang or indeed Black Summer live, I’d be lying were I to suggest you’d not missed out on much for if Piramida was one of the irrefutable standouts of yesteryear as far as physical releases were concerned, then their shows proved to be of commensurately impeccable merit. Whether those happened to have taken place at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Sydney Opera House or the Barbican Centre here in London, the expatriated Danes put on breathtaking spectaculars right across the board and if Look Up, a newfangled composition recorded at an equivalently unorthodox venue in the form of one of the world’s largest diesel engines in their native Copenhagen should be any indicator, they’ve yet to take their itchy feet off the gas. For with the keys still firmly lodged in the ignition, it’s a work of subtle minimalism to begin with and sublime grandeur at its most open and expansive that suggests they’ve a great deal more in the tank as yet.

Forever wistful, Casper Clausen’s vocal delivery is absolutely immaculate although it’s merely the final decoration on a devastatingly efficient piece of machinery that’s at once redolent of Underworld’s compositional triumph in honour of last summer’s London Olympics, Isles of Wonder. And itself wondrous, we can but hope they air this one a little later on this month…

Efterklang return to British shores for Southwold’s Latitude Festival in two weeks’ time.

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