It has been a long time since we last heard from Copenhagen’s Efterklang, since Piramida back in 2012 (QRO review). The world has changed in many ways since then, and so have Efterklang, but their beautiful core has remained intact with the easier sounds (for them) of Windflowers.
After the big, orchestral style that they brought a decade ago (when that style was hot), Windflowers is a more intimate affair. “Dragonfly” brings an out-and-out chill dance element, or the smoother “Mindless Center”, the easier evening “Beautiful Eclipse”. The record also tilts towards the light, from the natural growth of opener “Alien Arms” to the infusion of hope “Living Other Lives” and harmonious closer “House On a Feather”.
At only eight tracks (including the airy instrumental “Lady of the Rocks”) and just over thirty minutes, Windflowers is a short return, but a hopeful one for Efterklang.