No one could ever accuse Efterklang of lacking ambition. Since forming in Copenhagen in 2004, they've released three studio albums, one live album and a film shot by French director Vincent Moon on a Danish island. Before signing to 4AD, they started their own label, Rumraket, through which they continue to release music. They've also been known to occasionally perform with an orchestra, a logistical feat lesser bands wouldn't dare take on.
For their latest album, the art rock trio undertook field recordings in an abandoned Russian mining town near the North Pole. Despite the sub-zero conditions and the departure of long-time drummer Thomas Husmer, there is real warmth to the songs. Swirling strings and haunting brass echo the ghosts of their surroundings, while Casper Clausen's voice - at times reminiscent of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon's - anchors the lyrics in reality. By finding the beauty in isolation, Efterklang have made their most triumphant record yet.
Top track: Black Summer