Today, Efterklang have shared a new song and video from their forthcoming fifth studio album Altid Sammen, the trio’s first release in their native Danish.
Entitled ‘I dine øjne’, meaning ‘In your eyes’, the song is something of an outlier on Altid Sammen, embodying a different persona to its album siblings. It strikes a starker tone with its strident bass line and urgent synth arpeggio, intersected with the cool instrumentals of the Baroque ensemble B.O.X.
The companion video reunites Efterklang with director Andreas Koefoed, cinematographer Adam Jandrup and model/photographer Helena Christensen – the same team behind the visuals for first single ‘Vi er uendelig’. As with its predecessor, ‘I dine øjne’ brings Christensen and Efterklang vocalistCasper Clausen together on-screen in a hushed sensual and enigmatic video, this time exploring a darker atmosphere with striking close-up of the band and Christensen’s eyes.
Lyricist Casper Clausen explains ‘I dine øjne’ is “about peepholes to a fantasy, in the eyes of a person you just met in a brief encounter. It’s definitely driven by desire and lust, but also that feeling of loss when you wake up, alone with yourself again.”
Seven years after their last album, Efterklang will release Altid Sammen (meaning “always together”) on20 September. Deep and sonorous, it is steeped in the sonic experimentation that has long been their trademark since Tripper, the Danes’ 2004 debut. As bold and ambitious in scope as their last collection of songs, Piramida, Casper Clausen (vocals), Mads Brauer (synths, electronics) and Rasmus Stolberg(bass) have taken another creative U-turn, this time fusing baroque instrumentation with their signature expansive sound.
“Altid Sammen’s songs are about belief and togetherness,”Clausen says. “Not in a religious way – none of us are believers of a defined religion. The words are searching for meaning in intimate relationships, in nature, in death and eternity. The bonds we create; to gather, hold hands, sing or share a moment together. We’re all connected, across nations, age, sex and gender. We come together with all of our backgrounds, and we move apart in all sorts of directions, always together.”