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LEAVES - The Colour of Falling (performed by Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra)

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Following 16 sold-out shows of their explorative opera "Leaves - The Colour of Falling" back in the summer of 2015, Efterklang are back with the opera’s official release; a genre-breaking collection of tracks composed in collaboration with the award winning composer Karsten Fundal, released November 4th (2016) on Tambourhinoceros.

"Leaves - The Colour of Falling" is Efterklang’s first release since they declared they were taking a break to reflect on their artistic practice and redefine their expression back in 2014.

Efterklang have carved a path as one of the most successful and progressive Danish bands, constantly trying to evolve through every record and seeking new grounds with their music. They have played in the Sydney Opera House, made films with Vincent Moon, created a sound installation in the famous restaurant Noma and performed the opera "Leaves - The Colour of Falling"g as part of the Copenhagen Opera Festival.

In the summer of 2015 "Leaves - The Colour of Falling" was performed at 16 sold out nights in the 1000 m2 nuclear basement of the former Copenhagen Municipal Hospital. The opera was commissioned by Copenhagen Opera Festival who produced it in collaboration with the local theatre Sort/Hvid. The scenography was made by Marie Rosendahl Chemnitz and it was staged by Christian Lollike. The result was 16 horrifying, fascinating and mysterious evenings received by an enthusiastic audience and with great reviews to follow. The set-up in the basement can never be remade, but the opera will be granted new life with this release and the coming concerts with Efterklang & The Happy Hopeless Orchestra.

The lyrics for Leaves - The Colour of Falling are written by the poet Ursula Andkjær Olsen and transformed into a musical piece by Efterklang and Karsten Fundal. Together they have experimented with musical tradition from both the rhythmical and classical world. This release shows you a way into the exciting world of opera as well as challenging the genre and the discography of Efterklang and Fundal.

The 10 tracks of the release span around 1 hour, and do not follow the traditional linear configuration of an opera. Karsten Fundal explains his thoughts on Leaves:

“We wanted to break down the conventions of the opera as a genre. The result is a song cycle about a cult located beneath the ground while the earth might be experiencing its downfall above ground. It’s about loss - loss of identity, loss of love and loss of life itself. We wanted to create an opera for the mood you’re put in when you on a beautiful autumn day see how a brown leaf falls from a tree in the garden - the beautiful swaying fall signifying that everything will perish.”

"Leaves - The Colour of Falling" features appearances from the legendary danish opera star Lisbeth Balslev, the countertenor Morten Grove Frandsen (one of Denmark’s most promising opera talents), Nicolai Elsberg (known for his formidable bass), and Katinka Fogh Vindelev (who has been touring with Efterklang for many years).

credits

released November 4, 2016

Recorded, mixed by Francesco Donadello
Production by Efterklang
Mastered by Francesco Donadello

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Track Name: Cities of Glass
I have no doubt
just, damn, build those gardens
into the sky
sun is gathered by large screens
that unfold like flowers
that unfold like flowers
in and out like flowers
in and out like flowers
in and out

I have no doubt
our futures:
you are welcome in mine
I am welcome in yours
are a castle with many chambers
and the chambers open and close
in on us as
flowers by night
by light

our futures
our futures
is a castle with many chambers
is a castle with many chambers

cities of glass
cities of glass
cities of glass
in the sky
cities of glass
Track Name: Imagery of Perfection
I longed for this
I actually invited him
he showed me all the elements
of the
the imagery – of perfection

he showed me the tower
he showed me the ring
he showed me my hair
he showed me the well

the elements
of the
the imagery – of perfection

but
but then love came along

and
and now

the ring doesn’t fit the finger
the finger doesn’t fit the hand
the hand doesn’t fit the golden hair
the hair doesn’t fit the tower

and

the tower doesn’t fit the well

I longed for this
I asked for this
I asked for this

but
but then love came along
Track Name: Spider's Web
1
I am growing wings on you
wings of spider’s web
leaving, leaving you drowning, floating
drowning in my hair

your wings they are my spider’s web
when you think you are flying, what you feel is merely my grip

2
growing, growing wings on you
wings that are my web
I will watch and wait for you
for the perfect time to pounce

your wings they are my spider’s web
when you think you are flying, what you feel is merely my grip

3
I am growing wings on you
wings all over your skin
when you think you are floating
it’s merely the air that’s too thin

your wings they are my spider’s web
when you think you are flying, what you feel is merely my grip
Track Name: The Colour Not of Love
the colour of
not of love
the colour, not of
the colour of falling in
not of love
of falling in
in

the colour of fall
the colour of
green
green
falling in
jasmine


green seen in the dark
in the night
fall with me in
the colour of green in the night
the colour of fall, of falling in love
is a leaf

not of love
not of love
not of love
not of love
love
love

the colour of falling
the colour of falling
is love
Track Name: Leaves (ft. Morten Grove Frandsen)
he wants leaves
because leaves can fall
leaves

he wants leaves
because leaves can fall
leaves

could you give him
leaves for hands
leaves for arms and fingers, leaves
leaves of green, green everything
everything

we want leaves
because leaves can fall
leaves

we want leaves
because leaves can fall
leaves

could you give us
leaves for hands
leaves for arms and fingers, leaves
leaves of green, green everything
everything
Track Name: Stillborn (ft. Katinka Fogh Vindelev)
stillborn
in still water
my reflection in the
still, still water
screen of water, is my
mirror, immortality
my mirror
is my immortality
I was stillborn
in still water

then I received a kiss from GROWTH

stillborn
in still water
my reflection in the
still, still water
screen of water, is my
mirror, immortality
my mirror
is my immortality
I was stillborn
in still water
Track Name: Abyss (ft. Nicolai Elsberg)
I will walk on the
ash-grey, stone-cold, dark-blue edge
of the abyss

the abyss
my dark bliss!

at the bottom of the abyss lies another
ash-grey, stone-cold, dark-blue edge
over another abyss

with its own abyss of longing
with its own abyss of needing
with its own abyss of desire – within

I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you
I’ll wait for you

by the elevator
by the elevator

at the bottom of the second abyss lies a third
ash-grey, stone-cold, dark-blue edge
over a third abyss

at the bottom of the third abyss lies my
ash-grey, stone-cold, dark-blue heart
with its own abyss within

with its own abyss of longing
with its own abyss of needing
with its own abyss of desire – within
Track Name: No Longer Me (ft. Lisbeth Balslev)
look at me
for you did this

you locked me up in this stupid body
now I am part of nature’s circuit
now I will flow into nature’s circuit
drop by drop into the circuits of GROWTH

from now on
drop by drop I’ll be drained of me
be no-longer-me

look at me
for you did this

look into the eyes of your beloved
and behold the no-longer-your-beloved in her eyes

look into the eyes of your beloved
and behold the no-longer-your-beloved in her eyes

the no-longer-your-beloved
the no-longer-your-beloved

the no-longer-me
in my eyes

the no-longer-me
in my eyes

look at me
for you did this

how much of me is left in this stupid body?
now I am part of nature’s circuit
now I will flow into nature’s circuit
drop by drop into the circuits of GROWTH

from now on
drop by drop I’ll be drained of me
be no-longer-me

look at me
for you did this

look into the eyes of your beloved
look into my eyes and behold the no-longer-me
look into my eyes and behold the no-longer-me

the no-longer-your-beloved
the no-longer-your-beloved
the no-longer-me
in my eyes

how can I not hate myself
when only by hating myself can I hate
those who deserve it

how can I not hate myself
when only by hating myself can I hate
those who deserve it
Track Name: Eye of Growth
we have looked deep into the eye of GROWTH
we have looked him-her deep in the eye
the black-white Queen-King deep in the eye
and what did we see?
no one was there
and what did we see?

the happy hunting wastelands were there
the happy hopeless hunting grounds were there

oh, happy hopeless hunting grounds
on you we will depend!
oh, happy hopeless hunting grounds
you will remain untouched!
oh, happy hopeless hunting grounds
you’ll take us to a new beginning
Track Name: Wind
I’ll walk on the ash grey, stone cold, dark blue edge of the abyss
the abyss
my darkest bliss

at the bottom of the abys lies another stone cold, dark blue edge

with its own abyss of longing
with its own abyss of need
with its own abyss of desire
within

all that is un-human
is not un-kind

all that is un-human
is not un-kind

I’ll wait for you by the elevator