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Free New CANON BLUE Single! + artwork & track-list announced

June 23, 2011 by Rasmus

Canon Blue has just announced the track-list and the artwork by Hvass&Hannibal for his 2nd album Rumspringa and he is giving away the first single Indian Summer for free.

The album is produced by Mads Brauer and Casper Clausen of Efterklang and it will be the very last non-Efterklang release on Rumraket.

Visit to see the artwork, track-list, more info and to pre-order this vibrant pop marvel that drops August 29th!

Posted in Rumraket

The End of Rumraket (almost) – New Canon Blue Album!

June 8, 2011 by Rasmus

Back in 2003 we (the members of Efterklang) established the record label Rumraket out of necessity as no labels back then were interested in releasing our music. Shortly after we signed a record deal with The Leaf Label (and recently 4AD) and Rumraket was no longer a necessity it was something we loved to do on the side. We kept the label and signed Grizzly Bear as our first non-Efterklang band in 2005.

Rumraket released Grizzly Bear’s debut album Horn of Plenty in most parts of Europe, and this was followed by records from the rather obscure Japanese artists Cacoy and Kama Aina. Hereafter Rumraket became the base for bands like Slaraffenland (dk), Taxi Taxi! (se), Erik Levander (se) and Canon Blue (us). During the last six years we have released more than 25 titles – among them smaller releases from Our Broken Garden (dk) and amiina (is).

All that will now come to an end. August 29th Rumraket will release Rumspringa, the second album from American artist Canon Blue. Rumraket will not close entirely, but Rumspringa will be the last release on Rumraket, which isn’t an Efterklang release. We will continue to use the label as Efterklang’s base in Scandinavia and therefore this is only almost the end of Rumraket.

We are very proud of all the records we have released throughout the years and the many musicians and artists we have worked with are today some of our very best friends. We would can only thank them for so much wonderful music and memories.

We are closing Rumraket because we no longer have the resources and more importantly the time to run the label. When you are releasing records made by your best friends you want to do your absolute best, but with all our tours and other projects this is no longer possible for us.

The last (non Efterklang) release on Rumraket is as mentioned Canon Blue’s Rumspringa. We can’t think of a more appropriate record to end with. A tour de force if there ever was one, Rumspringa is a dynamic, lush and orchestral Magnum Opus. It has taken Daniel James aka Canon Blue more than two years completing this album and all his hard work has paid off.

Daniel James recorded the album in Copenhagen, Berlin and Reykjavik in close collaboration with Mads Brauer and Casper Clausen from Efterklang who helped produce the record. Mads also mixed the record which features guest appearances from members of Slaraffenland, Efterklang and amiina who recorded all the string parts in Iceland. Hvass&Hannibal will do the artwork for the record as they have with many others of the past Rumraket releases.

Rumspringa by Canon Blue will be released August 29th. Outside of Scandinavia the record will be released on American label Temporary Residence.

We look forward to share some music and more details about Rumspringa real soon.

Canon Blue photo by Thomas Husmer

Posted in Efterklang, Records, Rumraket

Efterklang + Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra in Cork, Ireland – celebrating American composer Steve Reich – July 30th 2011

June 6, 2011 by Rasmus

Cork Opera House has invited Efterklang + Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra to perform at The Reich Effect. A festival in Cork celebrating American composer Steve Reich.

This will be the very very last concert we do for a long time as we will begin working on a new album soon.

30.07 / CORK, IE / Efterklang + Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra
@ Savoy Theatre / part of Reich Effect Festival organized by Cork Opera House

Efterklang+Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra is a special 17 piece band that debuted at the Cross Linx festival tour in February earlier this year.

It is the 7-piece Efterklang live band with Daniel James (of Canon Blue) on guitar, Heather Broderick on piano and Peter Broderick on vibes and steel drum.

And then we have the brilliant Icelandic composer Daniel Bjarnason on Rhodes and then you add a saxophone quartet, a brass quartet and a classic percussionist. This all turns into Efterklang + Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra. We will be playing Efterklang songs with arrangements for the Messing Orchestra by Daniel Bjarnason.

We are honored to be invited to play this concert and the whole festival program looks amazing to us. More info here about the festival.

Here are some videos recorded back in February:

You should also take a look at Dennis Stempher’s website. He followed us for 4 days and took so many nice photos like the one below.

Posted in Concerts, Efterklang, Efterklang+Daniel Bjarnason & Their Messing Orchestra

An Island on DVD and 'Pay What You Want' Download

May 23, 2011 by Rasmus

A lot of you has asked us when An Island our collaborative film with Vincent Moon would be released on DVD and/or digitally. The answer is now!

Via the website for the film you can now either pay what your want for the Download package or you can pre-order the deluxe DVD package (incl. the Download Package).

Via It is now possible to pre-order the DVD Deluxe Package of An Island. It is a limited and numbered edition of 5000 custom-made, eco-friendly, letterpress printed deluxe covers with a DVD disc full of extra material. The DVD package even comes with a new live EP; Efterklang – Live at Roskilde Festival 2010. This EP will only be made available as part of this DVD package – via a download code that will arrive with the DVD.

We expect to be able to ship the DVD packages at the latest in September. If you choose to pre-order you instantly get access to the Digital Download Package of An Island.

Also via It is now possible to download An Island as a high quality .mov file and you choose the price. Besides the film the download package also holds the audio from the film as a 320kbps MP3 file.


Below the film poster we have copied in all the sweet details about the DVD release.

We would also like to inform you that An Island is scheduled for several official screenings over the next months. You can take a look at the Screenings program at

An Island - poster


Digital Download Package:
An Island (48 minutes, English subtitles) in high resolution quality (1.7 GB mov file) + the audio from the film as a 320kbps mp3 file.

Deluxe DVD + Bonus EP + Digital Download Package:
DVD specifications: The DVD is region free and made to play on every DVD player on the market.

On the DVD you will find the following:
- An Island (48 minutes – English, Spanish and Japanese subtitles)
- two maybe three deleted performances that did not make it to the final cut of An Island
- the 33 minute long Vincent Moon film TemporaryCopenhagen featuring: Murder, Slaraffenland, Efterklang, Choir of Young Believers, Chimes & Bells + more
- one or maybe two older Efterklang Take-Away Show(s) by Vincent Moon.

The DVD packaging is designed by Hvass&Hannibal in close collaboration with Stumptown Printers:
- handmade production on Heidelberg Letterpress machines from the 1950s
- limited Edition of 5000 numbered copies.
- printed with vegetable based inks on heavyweight recycled paperboard
- 5 deluxe photo cards on recycled paperboard
- extensive booklet on recycled paper

BONUS EP specifications:
Efterklang – Live at Roskilde Festival 2010 is exclusively available as part of this An Island package. The live EP holds 5 songs performed by Efterklang in a unique 11-piece formation made especially for this Roskilde Festival concert, which was recorded by Danish National Radio (DR). The bonus EP will be available as a 320kbps MP3 via a download code delivered together with the An Island DVD.

Posted in An Island, Efterklang

Sharlene vs Efterklang, An Island and Copenhagen

May 13, 2011 by Rasmus

Sharlene Chiu (of MTV Canada fame) recently came to Copenhagen to do a portrait of the city in her Sharlene vs. series. This short video shows you the bit where she visits Efterklang (represented by Thomas and Rasmus).

Rasmus shows Sharlene around his (and Nan Na Hvass’s) apartment and they talk about An Island their recent film collaboration with Vincent Moon.

Posted in An Island, Efterklang, Interview

Premiere this Thursday (tomorrow) in Berlin

May 11, 2011 by Barnabas

We’re very happy to announce that we’ll premiere a brand new small film/story/music project called The Figment Notebook, made in collaboration with our long time friend and film maker Karim Ghahwagi.

The Figment Notebook is made for, and part of the program Audible Approaches for a better place, including a lot of great artists, and will premiere in Berlin at HKW (Das Haus der Kulturen der Welt) tomorrow (Thursday) evening, May 12th, 19:30, followed by a cd release in the fall.

Hope to see you there!

Audible Approaches for a better place
Ticket information
The Figment Notebook

Posted in Efterklang

Last day with Private-Public Screenings, Today!

March 31, 2011 by Barnabas

In January 2011, when we introduced the Private-Public Screening idea, as part of the AN ISLAND film release, we had no idea, what to expect. Over all we were hoping for around 200 Private-Public Screenings, during February & March, the period that we’d put aside for this experiment.

Now here we are on March 31st, the final day of the Private-Public Screenings project, with more than sixty screenings just on this very day. Everywhere from Beijing, China, over MÃ¥rslev, Denmark to Bogotá, Columbia, and a total of 1178 Private-Public Screenings during these past 2 months. It has been incredible to witness how the Private-Public Screening idea & the AN ISLAND film itself have been taking off and taken in by so many lovely people. We’ve received so much positive feedback and love during the past month, and even gained a gigantic collection of group photos from screenings all over the world (a few of them attached here).

THANK YOU ALL for welcoming Private-Public Screenings & AN ISLAND!

Very soon we will inform you about the future plans for the film. Please consider signing up for the newsletter if you wish to hear about these plans. And if you haven’t seen the film yet and is dying to do so, then check Twitter or Facebook tomorrow.

Have a look at all the group photos here

Posted in An Island, Efterklang

1000+ Private-Public Screenings of An Island!

March 16, 2011 by Rasmus

It seems like An Island has taken on a life on its own. We are simply baffled by the reception and feedback on the film. There is a lot of things to be happy about but the Private-Public Screenings project is our favorite part.

Today the counter for approved and confirmed Private-Public Screenings of An Island says 1080! This is far beyond our wildest expectations.

A lot of the hosts send in group photos from their screenings. We love looking at these! Three of them are attached below. There are more than 200 of these at An Island’s flickr photo page.

We also have a google map that offers a geographical overview of all the screenings. A small map can be seen below. A bigger one is available at


The Private-Public Screening project ends March 31st. As the sign-up process needs 11 days the last day to sign up to host a screening is on Saturday – March 19th. The capacity needs to be mininum 5 people and the event must be free. You can read a lot more about the rules and details at

If you would like to attend a screening you can find a list of all of them at

We recommend the screening on Sunday afternoon in Copenhagen March 20th. Peter Broderick will play live before the film screens and as a bonus Tape from Sweden will play a mini-concert after the film. We are hosting the event together with Filmmagasinet Ekko. Doors are at 15:00. Peter at 16:00. An Island at 17:00 and then Tape play a short set afterwards. Tickets are 30 kroner at the door. You can also buy a ticket at Efterklang’s concert March 18th in Amager Bio.

A Private-Public Screening in Ipoh, Malaysia

A Private-Public Screening in Moscow, Russia

A Private-Public Screening in Copenhagen, Denmark


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Posted in An Island, Efterklang

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