Efterklang @ Oran Mor 30-10-09

November 13, 2009

EFTERKLANG
Oran Mor, Glasgow, October 30 * * * * *

It’s a pity punters were so thin on the ground tonight for the visit of Danish experimentalists Efterklang. The sincerity of their performance alone was enough to make the trip to Oran Mor, on what was a particularly miserable night, a worthy endeavour. It, along with atmospheric songs on an ambitious scale, more than compensated for the soaking received coming to and from the venue.
Their music has the power to transfix an audience and tonight for the most part it did just that. Members of the seven-piece scrabbled around the cramped stage switching instruments, adding percussion, samples, trumpet and much more besides to give their sprawling arrangements a deeply textured sound.
Comparisons to fellow Scandinavians Múm are inevitable but with their more orchestral approach and the odd bout of Arcade Fire drum-beating, they offered something quite different. Lifted from acclaimed second album Parades, Mirador and fan favourite Frida Found A Friend sat well alongside new tracks The Soft Beating and I Was Playing Drums but there’s little doubt most will remember tonight for how the gig ended – the band making their way through the crowd to the sound desk while delivering the solemn yet rousing Chapter Six.

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