A collection of musically themed musings by Brendan Bush in Burlington, VT

Standout Album – “Magic Chairs” by Efterklang

Filed Under: Album Reviews, Standout Albums
Written by Brendan
Monday April 26, 2010

Efterklang - Magic ChairsI’m still trying to navigate my way through the ins and outs of copyrights, etc., so I’m starting this series of posts with a band who has the mp3 I’m embedding available for free on their own website.

Anyhow, I listen to a lot of music — perhaps too much. Some albums I listen to only two or three times before putting them into the b-list that exists in my head. Others I’ll listen to obsessively until feeling some burnout. And others I’ll put on about once a week for an extended length of time.

It’s that last category of albums that I want to draw some extra attention to, in the hopes that you’ll give them a listen if you haven’t.

Today’s example is “Magic Chairs” by Efterklang. An mp3 of “Modern Drift,” the first song on the album, is embedded below for your listening pleasure.

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Magic Chairs is full of wonderful vocal melodies and a lush mixture of orchestral and electronic sounds. From the jubilant “Modern Drift” to the synth-driven pop of “Scandanavian Love” to the breathy whispers of “Natural Tune,” Magic Chairs floats around in an ethereal realm all its own. It’s simply beautiful music performed by an impressive array of Danish pop-rockers.

I was able to see Efterklang at La Sala Rossa in Montreal last month, and their performance was as flawless as their latest album.


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