New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ IMPALA Music)
Efterklang's third full-length album, Magic Chairs, has won the first IMPALA European Independent Album of the Year Award from a shortlist of 21 albums from across Europe, covering genres such as electronica (Underworld), Norweigan folk (Bjorn Eidsvag), soul (Asa), Finnish rap (Paleface) and surf rock (The Bambi Molesters).
Magic Chairs is the Danish band's first album on the UK's seminal 4AD label, who released the record globally in February 2010, with the band's own label, Rumraket, releasing the album in Scandinavia. The record was mixed by Gareth Jones, famed for his work with Depeche Mode, Nick Cave and Grizzly Bear.
Magic Chairs has been described as "exemplary escapism" (BBC Music Review), containing "subtle tension and lurking drama", combined with "heartbreaking melody" (The Guardian). Their "arresting, wistful songwriting style" (Mojo) has captivated audiences throughout Europe, making this orchestral masterpiece truly deserving of the title "Album of the Year". Other exceptional artists that were up for the award included Caro Emerald, The National, Delorean and Agnes Obel.