LEAF, DOTSHOP.SE RELEASE:
OCTOBER 25, 2004 REVIEW: NOVEMBER
It starts with something that sounds
like what a cold winter night would
sound like, if you could hear it that
is. Somewhere a signal is going out
to space to see if we are alone or
not. And after the buzz and crackle
of low key feedback, we are answered
by strings so heavenly beautiful it
is – at that moment –
certain that God and the celestial
host (who starts to sing) exist.
is just the first two and a half minutes
of what Danish Efterklang’s
(after noise, reverberation in English)
album "Tripper" sounds like.
It should surprise few that ten-piece
Efterklang holds within its ranks
members of Sígur Rós.
The surprise should instead be how
you could have missed an album as
heavenly beautiful, haunting and disturbing
as this. Efterklang treats us with
a mix of voices, beats, buzzings,
pianos, horns and strings in something
that is best described as electronica
goes dub goes Björk goes far
out into space and comes back with
beautiful melodies. But, as you can
tell, "Tripper" defies description.
You must listen to it, sink into it,
revel in it. Alone, in a dark room.
is beauty distilled into music.