MAGIC CHAIRS BY EFTERKLANG WINS FIRST IMPALA EUROPEAN INDEPENDENT ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD
Monday 28th February 2011
Efterklang’s third full-length album, Magic Chairs, has won the first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award from a shortlist of 21 albums from across Europe, covering genres such as electronica (Underworld), Norwegian folk (Bjørn Eidsvåg), soul (Asa), Finnish rap (Paleface) and surf rock (The Bambi Molesters)…
Magic Chairs is the Danish band’s first album on the UK’s seminal 4AD label, who released the record globally in February 2010, with the band’s own label, Rumraket, releasing the album in Scandinavia. The record was mixed by Gareth Jones, famed for his work with Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and Grizzly Bear.
Magic Chairs has been described as “exemplary escapism” (BBC Music Review), containing “subtle tension and lurking drama”, combined with “heartbreaking melody” (The Guardian). Their “arresting, wistful songwriting style” (Mojo) has captivated audiences throughout Europe, making this orchestral masterpiece truly deserving of the title “Album of the Year”. Other exceptional artists that were up for the award included Caro Emerald, The National, Delorean and Agnes Obel.
Helen Smith, Executive Chair of IMPALA, commented: “There were many deserving artists among the 21 nominees and it was a close run thing. Magic Chairs is a great album and I’m delighted to see it winning. On top of that it’s a truly European release – a Danish band with their own label working with a seminal UK independent.”
Rasmus Stolberg from Efterklang said: “We are honored and happy to receive this award! Thank you! Just last week Owen Pallet gave us an award for Band With Best Skin, which was nice, but winning the European Independent Album of the Year beats it by far – wow. We want to congratulate Impala on turning 10 and we would like to thank Roger Trust, 4AD, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Scandinavia, A:larm Music, Playground Music and all the other fine people and companies we work with and all the incredible musicians who play in our live band and also on Magic Chairs.”
Martin Mills, Chairman of the Beggars Group added: “Efterklang make amongst the most joyous and uplifting sounds I’ve ever heard – and it’s a particular pleasure, as a UK based global record label, to represent such wonderful artists from Scandinavia, making this award particularly apropos”
More about Efterklang
Efterklang have toured with the album throughout Europe, across the United States and Canada, and also Brazil during 2010 and 2011. Magic Chairs has also formed the basis of Efterklang’s “Efterkids” initiative – dedicated to encouraging music in public schools – and their collaboration with French filmmaker Vincent Moon to produce the An Island, an “unconventional music performance and an abstract documentary” (http://anisland.cc/home/about/), which has and will be screened close to a 1000 times in February and March 2011. The film sees Efterklang interpret and perform songs from Magic Chairs alongside 200 local musicians, children and their parents to the 4 core members of Efterklang. Most recently the songs from Magic Chairs was featured when Efterklang’s new 17 piece orchestra project entitled Efterklang+Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra debuted at the CrossLinx festival just two weeks ago.
More about the album – What the press said about Magic Chairs
“A miraculous conservatoire pop opus.” MOJO ****
“A superb record from one of the world’s most uniquely-minded bands.” BBC
“Another demonstration of the Danish group’s astounding imagination and limitless talent.” Rock Sound 9/10
“This stunning record simply soars above the sum of its high-falutin’ parts.” Monocle
“Packed full of immediate melodies and soul.” NME
“For Magic Chairs, they haven’t thown out all their old tricks, but they have refined them and coupled them with actual pop songs, beautifully composed and adorned with strings, flutes and pianos, but never to excess.” Mail On Sunday ****
“A resounding triumph, coming close to capturing the chaotic utopia of their live performances.” Clash 8/10
“A very satisfying addition to an already impressive Efterklang discography.” MusicOMH ****
“This is an album of magnificent achievement.” The Line Of Best Fit
More information on Efterklang: http://efterklang.net/home/
More information on Efterkids: http://www.4ad.com/features/efterkids/
More information on An Island: http://anisland.cc/home/about/
More information on Rumraket: http://rumraket.com/
More information on 4AD: http://www.4ad.com/
More about IMPALA’s Independent Album of the Year Award
The European Independent Album of the Year Award was announced to mark the 10th anniversary of IMPALA. The Award looks at showcasing the breadth and diversity of independent music across Europe, and demonstrates the exceptional talent in the sector. The winner is selected regardless of sales figures by jury of Impala board members, from a shortlist compiled from a national and non-national album nomination from European territories. Nominated albums were required to have been released in 2010 (1st January – 31st December), on a European independent label. The criteria for nominations and the selection process may well evolve with the progression of the award.
The full playlist of nominated albums can be seen here:
The Efterklang album can be listened to here:
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