Efterklang made their 4AD debut in 2010 with Magic Chairs, their third full-length studio album. Since 2000, the Copenhagen-based quartet (plus an ever evolving number of collaborators) have been quietly honing their craft, fusing left-of-centre electronic beats with grand orchestral gestures. The results have been nothing short of revelatory; in particular, 2007's hugely ambitious Parades, an album that was difficult to define but even harder to fault, raised their profile enormously and with Magic Chairs, they continued their evolution, exploring previously uncharted territory.
Efterklang set about stripping back their own music to its basic core, drafting in guest musicians (including their touring band members - Peter Broderick, Heather W. Broderick, Frederik Teige and Daniel James) and for even greater clarity of sound, British engineer and producer Gareth Jones (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Depeche Mode, Interpol, Mogwai, Grizzly Bear, Wire and more) was brought in for mixing duties to work alongside their in-house electronics wizard, Mads Brauer.
The result is an intimate and immediate record that exudes warmth. The grandiose classical structures heard so prominently and admired so highly in previous albums Tripper and Parades have been replaced by something far more streamlined, deconstructed and altogether melodious. "Modern Drift" was the first track to be taken from Magic Chairs and signaled a welcome pop direction for the Copenhagen-based quartet, while retaining something of the band's signature sound with its intricate cascade of arpeggios and soaring vocals.