Efterklang Plays The Met with Orchestra After Arctic Sample Safari
Danish folktronica outfit Efterklang doesn't like to do things the easy way. Instead of going to the usual sorts of sources for sample fodder when putting together their upcoming album, Piramida, they journeyed to the arctic clime of Spitsbergen, essentially a Russian ghost town, where they wandered an eerily evocative landscape in search of exotic sounds to record and take back to the studio with them. The video below that captures this process is a sweetly surreal piece of art in and of itself, but you'll hear the end result of Efterklang's audio expedition when Piramida is released via 4AD on September 25. And just before that, the group will make their only U.S. appearance for a while, popping up with an orchestra at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The Copenhagen crew hasn't hit American shores with their electro-acoustic sound in two years, but nevertheless, when they appear to play at the museum on September 22, aided to no small extent by the 19-piece Wordless Music Orchestra, it will be the group's only live performance in the States for 2012. The rest of the country will just have to keep its collective fingers crossed for the U.S. tour that's said to be coming early next year. In the meantime, info about the MoMA concert by these intrepid aural explorers can be found here.