Efterklang’s ‘Magic Chairs’ has won the first ever IMPALA European Independent Album Of The Year Award, beating 20 other shortlisted long players to the overall title. The record is their third full-length album, and their first for UK label 4AD.
IMPALA chief Helen Smith told CMU: “There were many deserving artists among the 21 nominees and it was a close run thing. ‘Magic Chairs’ is a great album and I’m delighted to see it winning. On top of that it’s a truly European release – a Danish band with their own label working with a seminal UK independent”.
Martin Mills, who heads up the 4AD-owning Beggars Group, added: “Efterklang make amongst the most joyous and uplifting sounds I’ve ever heard – and it’s a particular pleasure, as a UK-based global record label to represent such wonderful artists from Scandinavia, making this award particularly apropos”.
While the band’s Rasmus Stolberg said: “We are honoured and happy to receive this award! Thank you! Just last week Owen Pallet gave us an award for Band With Best Skin, which was nice, but winning the European Independent Album of the Year beats it by far – wow”.
But what if Efterklang were to compile a ten-track album of other people’s records, what could that possibly sound like? If only there was a link where you would find the answer to that very question.