Efterklang's sounds from the Arctic
Copenhagen-based post-rock band Efterklang have announced this week to release their fourth album, Piramida on September 21.
What's special about the Danish group is that they not just went into a studio and tweaked a couple of controllers to create their multi-layered sound.
The band's members (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg) went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole.
Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Pirmadia, which was abandoned in the 90s.
Efterklang, named after the Danish word for "remembrance" or "reverberation, have released a video to give fans a tantalising insight into this unique journey.
On their sound expedition they collected more than 1,000 sounds to sample for their new album. Along with discovering the world's northernmost grand piano, the trio spent nine days exploring and recording the sounds that would inspire and build the songs on Piramidia.
To get an idea of what to expect, watch them perform The Ghost from the upcoming album, earlier this year with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.