Efterklang Returns with New Opera Album
'Leaves – The Colour of Falling' will be available on November 4 via Tambourhinoceros.
Having officially disbanded in 2014, Efterklang has reformed.
Prior to 2014, the groundbreaking Danish group had been releasing momentous and innovative music since they formed in 2013, establishing a reputation for evolving with character while incorporating a large number of musicians. Having followed a more orchestral sound with each passing release, the band has decided to write this latest album of theirs alongside award-winning composer Karsten Fundal.
The new album, titled Leaves – The Colour of Falling, is a contemporary Opera that incorporates ten musicians from Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra, who play alongside five vocalists. The music channels a rhythmical language that resembles the work of Phillip Glass and Steve Reich while adding its very own array of tonal expression and artistic spirit.
Karsten Fundal explains his thoughts on Leaves: “We wanted to break down the conventions of the opera as a genre. The result is a song cycle about a cult located beneath the ground while the earth might be experiencing its downfall above ground. It’s about loss – loss of identity, loss of love and loss of life itself. We wanted to create an opera for the mood you’re put in when you on a beautiful autumn day see how a brown leaf falls from a tree in the garden – the beautiful swaying fall signifying that everything will perish.”
You can stream the opening track “Cities of Glass” now via SoundCloud.
Alongside the release, Efterklang will be performing ‘Leaves – The Colour of Falling‘ (in a concert version) with The Happy Hopeless Orchestra at selected European dates through February and March 2017.
Feb 22 – Copenhagen, Store Vega, DK (Tickets)
Feb 23 – Uppsala, Uppsala Konsert & Kongress, SE (Tickets)
Mar 02 – Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx – NL (Tickets)
Mar 03 – Groningen, De Oosterpoort / Cross Linx – NL (Tickets)
Mar 04 – Rotterdam, De Doelen / Cross Linx – NL (Tickets)
Mar 05 – Amsterdam, Muziekgebouw / Cross Linx – NL (Tickets)
Mar 09 – London, Barbican – UK (Tickets)
Mar 10 – Brussels, Ancienne Belgique – BE (Tickets)