Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Efterklang - Under Giant Trees

Under Giant Trees
(2007, Leaf)

Efterklang’s limited min album, Under Giant Trees is a joy for completists. The release couples beautiful packaging with five songs that were written to accompany the band as they supported their terrific debut, Tripper. Under Giant Trees’ five tracks clocks in at just under 30 minutes taking obvious influences from glitch electronica and symphonic post rock ala Mum, Rachels and Colleen. Efterklang also adds some enjoyable choral elements with both female and male vocals to their particular concoction being a worthy addition among their contemporaries. Even while Under Giant Trees is enjoyable and has some genuine beauty, the little mini release fails to have the cohesion, even within its songs that Tripper had as a debut album. A fitting companion but not an introduction. Fortunately, Under Giant Trees still imbeds enough interest to keep me in steady watch for their true follow up.

-Mr. Thistle

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