Perched on the brink of the world you are greeted with the most non intrusive form of religion, luscious sound and chanting vocals that make you feel like you have entered a higher realm of existence. The Danish National Chamber Orchestra compliments Efterklangs’ Parades in such a way that the post-rock ensemble becomes a dizzy spell of marching percussion, swirling orchestration and frequent crescendos.
Performed live at Copenhagen in 2008, Performing Parades takes Efterklangs previous album, Parades, and enriches it with a 50 piece orchestra that frees the set and injects it with a holy life. The vocals are passionate and wild, yet they have a very controlled sensibility to them.
In such a live setting the songs are allowed more space to breathe and we can sample those benefits in tracks such as Horseback Tenors and Frida Found A Friend, that burst through your speakers and engulf you with both sadness and energy.
The instrumental power can also be felt in the sorrowing piano of Mimeo and the joyous shouting in Caravan that brings out the bands traditional rock side with a chiming guitar and dirty baseline. Yet it still proves to stand out from anything else ever made in the sense that it music roars at you in the most delicate possible way.
The CD comes with a DVD which is a live recording of the 55-minutre concert and includes behind the scenes footage and all six video clips made for songs from Parades. It has been a work in progress for ten months and definitely shows for it.
When Richard Ashcroft sang “’cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life”, he must have envisioned the post-rock orchestral harmony that has indulged us with sumptuous, otherworldly pop and hauntingly utopic music. This atmospheric performance will make you feel as though you have just stepped into the beginning of time.