Indie bands sometimes sound more mainstream than we’d like, and it seems yet another one is giving in.
“Magic Chairs” is the third album released by Danish indie band Efterklang. But while their albums in the past have been rather orchestral, this album seems more pop-oriented in its sound. The four performers clearly attempted to move away from the ambient sounds they produced with their previous record, aiming for stronger melodies and more obvious vocals than offered in the past.
The result is a ten-track album that is more likely to keep people awake and energized rather than giving them something to use as a way to relax at the end of the day. But even though the band is beginning to sound more like a pop band than a classical orchestra, it still produced a rather beautiful release.
This may be because even though the rhythm and style is attempting to be faster, the string instruments and choirs the band has used in the past are still there. This does create a problem, though: on a couple of tracks the instruments overpower the vocals.
The music by itself, though, is harmonious.
The trick would have been to cut back on the music or just cut the vocals for a couple of the songs, striking a balance between the two and experimenting a bit more with style. Why not, considering it already changed a decent bit from the last release?
So for now, Efterklang offers faster songs stronger vocals that may rope in some new fans. Old fans will definitely recognize the band, but will probably miss its old ambient sounds.