The good folks over at Slowtrain just keep on surprising me with the random stuff they have in stock! It seems like every time I go into their shop, I wind up copping a handful of incredibly hard-to-find vinyls from some of my favorite artists. Case in point, this one-sided LP from my beloved Danish band Efterklang, released by Burnt Vinyl Records in late 2006. I remember seeing the record listed on their wikipedia discography a while back when I lived in Denmark, but I’ve never caught sight of a copy in either physical or digital format (even Hype Machine is of no help).
With only a trio of tracks on this single-sided vinyl (one of which coming in at just over a minute in length), there’s not much to this “LP”. However the album, released two years after Tripper and a year prior to the much heralded Parades, acts as an excellent career midpoint by highlighting the band’s growth in sound and simultaneously foreshadowing the great things to come. With a smörgåsbord of instruments (strings, keys, and percussion) — a calling card of sorts for the band — the album is musically intricate and dense, making me wish that my record player had an audio-out port so I could plug in some headphones and really soak in the sound.
Like I said before, I couldn’t get any mp3s of the tracks from this release. However, to give you a taste of the brilliance of this group of Danes, below are two of my favorite tracks of theirs. Also, if you’re in the Salt Lake City area, Efterklang is coming into town the 14th of September, so be sure to check them out!