Photos: EFTERKLANG live in Vancouver

Three or four live-in-Vancouver Efterklang shows later, and it pleases me to type that the Danish band still impresses.

Never mind that the touring crew, to augment the core group of Casper Clausen, Mads Christian Brauer and Rasmus Stolberg, changes nearly each time. And this time included an iPad (which Mads played.) It’s the fact that whilst you don’t know what you’re going to get exactly, with Efterklang you know you’re going to get something good. New album Piramida is a slower, textured and sadly beautiful  affair than previous LP Magic Chairs, and so the set felt downtempo from the start.

But the addition of Katinka Fogh Vindelev, a beautiful, beaming singer with epic, soft-opera pipes, lifted Casper’s softer vocals. The songs began to open up (even if Rasmus later said that, surrounded on all sides by fans, he’d been feeling a bit claustrophobic). And by the end, with Casper reading out notes – they ask the previous night’s audience to send messages to the next city – and a supremely joyful “Modern Drift” that made the whole venue feel like they were at a house party, Efterklang once again delivered a reassuringly warm and pleasing show. \m/

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