Kindness of Ravens (KoR)—For anyone familiar with Parades or any of your previous work, Magic Chairs definitely sounds like a departure. To us, it captures Efterklang’s unique sound and song structure and concentrates it into something that’s more likely recognizable to most listeners—more accessible. Was that an intentional move or just the way things were evolving with your writing?
Casper Clausen (CC)—Well, kind of both of them in one. We wanted Magic Chairs to sound more like the live band that we’ve been for the past 2 years. Compared to our earlier work, we wanted to make a simpler album, both time- and setup-wise. We were aiming for fewer elements—choral voices, lighter instrumentation, and fewer and more focused melodies. Generally speaking, we’re always trying to move somewhere new for each album/project we do. I believe the most essential will always stay wherever we move.
KoR—Speaking of your live show, when we’ve seen you in the past, you definitely seem to have a unified style in the way you dress. As a band, you give off a bit of an ‘old-world’ feel. I think we had even heard you had your suits and such hand-made for the Parades tour. Is that true and why do feel that’s an important aspect of the presentation of your group?
KoR—Well, I like the resulting effect. Can you talk a little about the album art for Magic Chairs? We’re obviously always interested in the design aspect of the music industry. Hvass&Hannibal managed this one again for you, correct? Are they personal friends of yours?
KoR—Very cool. Well, in closing—and most importantly as we delve into the deep social psychology of Efterklang—can you share with us the most bizarre dream you can recall?
Efterklang US Tour 2010:
07.09 – Montreal, CA / La Sala Rossa / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
08.09 – Toronto, CA / Lee’s Palace / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
09.09 – Cleveland, US / Beachland Tavern / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
10.09 – Chicago, US / Empty Bottle / w. Buke And Gass + more / Tickets
11.09 – Minneapolis, US / Walker Arts / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
12.09 – Kansas City, US / Crosstown Station / supp: Buke And Gass
13.09 – Denver, US / Hi Dive / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
14.09 – Salt Lake City, US / Urban Lounge / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
16.09 – Vancouver, CA – Media Club / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
17.09 – Seattle, US / Chop Suey / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
18.09 – Portland, US / Doug Fir / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
20.09 – San Francisco, US / Bottom of The Hill / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
21.09 – Los Angeles, US / Troubadour / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
24.09 – Austin, US / Mohawk / w. Bowerbirds & Buke And Gass / Tickets
25.09 – Frisco, TX / Oysterfest / Tickets
26.09 – Memphis, US / Hi Tone / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
27.09 – Atlanta, US / Earl / w: Field Music & Buke And Gass / Tickets
29.09 – Washington, DC, US / DC9 / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
30.09 – Philadelphia, US / Johnny Brenda’s / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
01.10 – New York, Manhattan, US / Santos / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets
02.10 – New York, Brooklyn, US / Glasslands / supp: Buke And Gass / Tickets