Magic Chairs

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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
While not quite as innovative as their Nordic neighbors Sigur Rós and Björk, Efterklang taps into the Icelandic sound with electronic beats, moving orchestral backgrounds, and dreamy vocal melodies. For Magic Chairs, the Danish chamber pop ensemble's third album and 4AD debut, the approach is refined a bit. Recording for the first time outside of their home studio, the band tracked the basic drum, guitar, bass, and vocal parts outright, before returning to Copenhagen to add string and brass flourishes, courtesy of 17 accompanying musicians. While this may sound overblown, it's actually a step back from 2004's Tripper, which featured twice as many guests, or 2007's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
While not quite as innovative as their Nordic neighbors Sigur Rós and Björk, Efterklang taps into the Icelandic sound with electronic beats, moving orchestral backgrounds, and dreamy vocal melodies. For Magic Chairs, the Danish chamber pop ensemble's third album and 4AD debut, the approach is refined a bit. Recording for the first time outside of their home studio, the band tracked the basic drum, guitar, bass, and vocal parts outright, before returning to Copenhagen to add string and brass flourishes, courtesy of 17 accompanying musicians. While this may sound overblown, it's actually a step back from 2004's Tripper, which featured twice as many guests, or 2007's Parades, which showcased a grand total of three choirs. Even with its massive production, Magic Chairs surprises by never feeling overly bloated. The arrangements accent and enhance appropriately, ebbing and flowing along with Casper Clausen's passionate lead vocals. Opening anthem "Modern Drift" is the standout single, with its exultant "I can't keep my head inside" chorus, but as dense as the album is, there's an endless number of other patchworked sonic ideas to latch onto, digital and otherwise. Fans of Menomena, Elbow, and Grizzly Bear should definitely look into this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/23/2010
  • Label: 4ad / Ada
  • UPC: 652637300123
  • Catalog Number: 73001
  • Sales rank: 27,265

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Modern Drift (4:53)
  2. 2 Alike (4:11)
  3. 3 I Was Playing Drums (5:13)
  4. 4 Raincoats (4:20)
  5. 5 Harmonics (4:05)
  6. 6 Full Moon (3:49)
  7. 7 The Soft Beating (4:13)
  8. 8 Scandinavian Love (3:53)
  9. 9 Mirror Mirror (5:44)
  10. 10 Natural Tune (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Efterklang Primary Artist
Kasper Tranberg Trumpet, Brass, Guest Appearance
Mads Brauer Group Member
Casper Clausen Group Member
Rasmus Stolberg Group Member
Thomas Husmer Group Member
Daniel Smith Nielsen Human Whistle, Guest Appearance
Patricia Mia Andersen Strings, Violin, Guest Appearance
Christian Ellegaard Strings, Violin, Guest Appearance
Peter Broderick Guitar, Piano, Violin, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Rune Fonseca Mølgaard Piano, Guest Appearance
Frederik Teige Guitar, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Heather Woods Broderick Flute, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Erik Heide Strings, Violin, Guest Appearance
Ettore Causa Strings, Viola, Guest Appearance
Niklas Antonson Trombone, Brass, Guest Appearance
Katinka Fogh Vindelev Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Jakob Johansen Bass Trombone, Brass, Guest Appearance
Katrine Muff Enevoldsen Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Bolette Thurøe Strings, Violin, Guest Appearance
Jonathan Slaatto Strings, Cello, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Mads Brauer Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer
Casper Clausen Arranger, Composer, Lyricist, Producer
Rune Fonseca Mølgaard Composer
Anders Boll Engineer
Jonas Tranberg Engineer
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