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News: Efterklang – An Island on DVD

Efterklang and Vincent Moon present An Island

Efterklang just announced on their news letter and blog that “An Island” DVD is available for pre-order. I just ordered one of the limited release (5000) deluxe DVDs which will ship by Sept.

At the pre-order URL above you can pay what your want for the Download package or you can pre-order the deluxe DVD package (incl. the Download Package).

Via It is now possible to pre-order the DVD Deluxe Package of An Island. It is a limited and numbered edition of 5000 custom-made, eco-friendly, letterpress printed deluxe covers with a DVD disc full of extra material. The DVD package even comes with a new live EP; Efterklang – Live at Roskilde Festival 2010. This EP will only be made available as part of this DVD package – via a download code that will arrive with the DVD.

Also via It is now possible to download An Island as a high quality .mov file and you choose the price. Besides the film the download package also holds the audio from the film as a 320kbps MP3 file.

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Event: Seattle screening of Efterklangs An Island at Liberty bar

Efterklang and Vincent Moon present An Island

The Seattle screening I am hosting has officially moved from my living room to the backroom of Liberty bar (517 15th Avenue East Seattle, WA 98112).

Please RSVP on Facebook.

Screening will be on Feb 1st at 7:30pm @ Liberty bar

And of course, if the date doesn’t work for you or you are not old enough to go to a bar, you can always host your own Screening. Just sign up  to host your own screening at:

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News: Efterklang – “An Island” 3rd teaser and hosting details

Efterklang and Vincent Moon present An Island

Efterklang have announced an interesting method to distribute and share their new movie “An Island” and what they are calling Private-Public Screenings. Anyone can host a screening as long as they follow these basic rules:

  • The screenings need to have free entrance
  • The screenings need to be public.
  • The screenings need to have a minimum capacity of 5 people
  • The screenings need to be verified by Efterklang & Vincent Moon and only screenings that are featured on are official Private-Public Screenings

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Find a Screening

At a minimum I will host a screening at my home in Seattle and I am going to try and get a larger venue to donate space and projector. Keep your fingers crossed.

Teaser #3

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Best Albums of 2010

Here is my attempt to distill a years worth of music down to a reasonable list. I was planning to do a top 10 but 25 was the smallest I could whittle it down to.

  • Amiina – Puzzle
  • Arms & Sleepers – Matador Remixed
  • Baths – Cerulean
  • Beach House – Teen Dream
  • Blackbird Blackbird – Summer Heart
  • Caribou – Swim
  • Cherry Ghost – Beneath this burning shoreline
  • Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
  • Efterklang – Magic Chairs
  • Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
  • Foals – Total Life Forever
  • Four Tet – There Is Love In You
  • Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
  • Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Forever)
  • Her Name Is Calla – The Quiet Lamb
  • Hidden Orchestra – Night Walks
  • Jonsi – Go
  • Lemongrass – The 5th Dimension
  • Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  • Mad Rad – The Youth Die Young
  • Massive Attack – Heligoland
  • Perfume Genius – Learning
  • Seabear – We Built a Fire
  • Sleep Party People – Sleep Party People
  • Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This

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Trailer: Vincent Moon & Efterklang presents: AN ISLAND

In August French filmmaker Vincent Moon and Efterklang met on an island to shoot a movie with about 200 local musicians, kids and parents. The  goal was to shoot an album length film full of performances, experiments and collaborations. Efterklang came in full force with an 8-piece live band featuring Niklas Antonson (Slaraffenland), Heather Broderick, Peter Broderick and Frederik Teige.

The film will première in February 2011!

For a full screen immersive experience watch the teaser here: WWW.ANISLAND.CC

Or enjoy the low rez here in line:

This will be absolutely gorgeous.

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Album Review: Sleep Party People

Sleep Party People

I first heard of Sleep Party People when Efterklang announced they would be joining them on the tour. As soon as I tracked them down I was blown away. Sleep Party People’s eponymous début album conjures the hazy underwater feeling I love so much, performed while dressed like giant rabbits wearing hoodies.

Frank is pleased:

Donnie: Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?
Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?

The sound is a mix of Dreampop, chillwave, old school new wave, twisted and altered vocals and something new I can’t quite place that gives them a unique sound I could identify in a crowded room easily. While they don’t sound like Cocteau Twins they share many of the same sensibilities; powerfully melodic wall of sound, crisp angular drums and ethereal vocals free of linguistic meaning (as far a s I can tell). Oh, and they make me really happy.

Brian Batz from Denmark recorded Sleep Party People as a solo project and then in the videos and the tour he has brought on other musicians to play everything live. I have yet to find a legitimate US distributor of the album. I contacted Sleep Party People on Facebook and they do not now have an US distributor. When they do I will post an update here. In the meantime here is a video and a couple of tracks to whet your appetite and then links to additional info, free tracks and videos.

10 Feet Up

I’m Not Human At All

Sleep Party People have a link from their You Tube page to The Copenhagen X Session! where there are more videos and mp3’s to download. Have at it.

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News: Efterklang – Efterkids (Update)

Efterklang just posted the following update in regard to the Efterkids project (Link to post). Still plenty of time to donate or download the materials and start your own program. has been online for a week now and we already got a lot of nice coverage (like: DrownedinSound, Filter, Pitchfork). Thanks to all you guys who have spend time watching the videos and shared the info.

We don’t have an recent update on how much have been donated (as this is managed by 4AD in NYC) but we are expecting that we are close to the first goal which is a new computer and composer software for the Special Music School. Any donation no matter size is still welcome via

In the recent week we have also been in contact with good people in Brussels and Eindhoven. It looks like two new Efterkids performances are close to be confirmed! We look forward to share those news with you soon.

We also just uploaded the Efterkids performances to YouTube. But we still prefer you watch the videos at

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News: Efterklang – Efterkids project


by Rasmus Weng Karlsen – January 2009


As if Efterklang were not already the nicest group of people walking this Earth, they have now launched a new program to promote music education for children called Efterkids. The project provides learning materials for school programs and is actively looking for donations to help various schools.

Efterklang have already performed with students of Special Music School (NYC) via skype which you can see here at 4AD.

Efterklang encourages educators around the world to download the course materials to create their own Efterkids concert in their classroom. Enclosed in the download package are the musical score, the parts score, playback track (sans strings) and a strings-capella track.

As the economy struggles to come back from the abyss the arts struggle to survive. Please take a few minutes and donate. No amount is too small.

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Live: Efterklang in Seattle

Photo by Rasmus Weng Karlsen – January 2009

After years of waiting I was finally able to see Efterklang live a couple weeks ago.

Opening the night was local Seattle favorite, Anomie Bell. Anomie combines downtempo drums, cello, multiple violins, bass, piano and her own whisper-sweet vocals. Her second album should be completed shortly, and I will review it here as soon as it drops.

Next up was Buke & Gass. To be honest I had never heard of them before, and after a quick sampling from their MySpace I had a lackluster appreciation. But after seeing them live — my initial impression of their sound were way off. What I expected was some generic, jangly, indie rock. What I got was the complex polyrhythms of two guitars furiously grinding against each other in a manner I have not heard since early Sonic Youth. Wow.

And finally, Efterklang took to the stage. The drums drove the chant, and the whole band sang sing song to the heavens without restraint. It was primal, savage, filled with longing and tinged with joy. We the audience were swept away as drums became trumpet, bass became samples and violin became drums. Go see these guys as soon as possible.

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