Piramida - Efterklang
Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    The unlikely marriage of cold, Bowie-in-Berlin-esque funk and maximized random sound snippets comes off as the most natural and lovely expression of hopeful despair imaginable. Much of the record follows this incredibly nuanced path, giving it uniquely brittle atmosphere, and ranking among the band's best work.
  2. Oct 15, 2012
    70
    This is a great effort from a band that is still learning what it can do.
  3. Sep 21, 2012
    57
    It is hard not to be a little dismayed to see that Efterklang have settled for what is likely the least daring--if perhaps not the least lucrative--path going forward.
  4. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    Here's a band on top of the world, and on top of their game. [Oct 2012, p.98]
  5. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    Despite the elegant grey-sky thinking, deep beneath the emotional permafrost, Piramida isn't as cold as it seems. [Oct 2012, p.86]
  6. 50
    Destined for the 'obscure, kinda interesting' slot come end-of-year list time.
  7. Oct 17, 2012
    80
    As the listener, you're welcome to have a look around, but the music never lets you doubt for one second that that's all you are: a persona non grata, simply awarded a cursory glance at an otherwise undisturbed time capsule.
  8. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    The result is an record of rare beauty, like catching a glimpse of an uncommonly beautiful sunset or a finely crafted ice sculpture.
  9. Sep 24, 2012
    90
    Piramida is undoubtedly the band's most immediate work to date and it might be strange to be writing it, but nearly each and every track would work standing on its own.
  10. Sep 20, 2012
    60
    [Efterklang] glisten on the restless, bass-led groove of The Ghost and rack up the tension on a nourish Black Summer. Their eclectic style, however, demands space to breathe, and shorter songs, like The Living Layer and Dreams Today, which starts as a sprint but ends up puffed out, are left wanting.
  11. 50
    The thorough arrangements on Piramida continue to be the reason to come to an Efterklang disc, but they are rarely matched with equally strong pop components.
  12. Oct 11, 2012
    80
    By finding the beauty in isolation, Efterklang have made their most triumphant record yet.
  13. Sep 25, 2012
    70
    Knowing the story behind Piramida's recording process does not ruin the horror movie or give away the ending. It does, however, adds a plotline to the wordless emotions the tracks evoke.
  14. Oct 3, 2012
    80
    In short, Efterklang could've made this entire record, and certainly that trio of great musique concrète songs, in their bathroom. Easily.
  15. Sep 19, 2012
    80
    This see-saw, between exquisite gloom and bruised hope, is part of what makes Piramida so powerful.
  16. Sep 27, 2012
    64
    Piramida's faults lie in the gaps. Each track stands on its own; they begin slow and end long, which isn't an issue until it becomes a pattern.
  17. 80
    There are well-defined marks of maturity in every aspect on this record.
  18. Sep 19, 2012
    70
    As polished as a beach stone, it's a subtle, startling work.
  19. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    The fact that Efterklang have managed to cultivate such an effortless sounding exercise in sonic geographies is sheer testament to their skill as master artisans.
  20. Oct 10, 2012
    80
    This is the sound of a band once again setting a course for personal creative development and revelling in its every ambitious step.
  21. Sep 20, 2012
    80
    Whereas 2009′s Missing Chairs carried a prissy frivolity in its floridness, Piramida is a noble, self-possessed creation; a masterclass in considered arrangement.
  22. Sep 21, 2012
    80
    A fully realised work of intellect and warmth.

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