The Ghost of Piramida

Home movies project

Sound hunting, nostalgia, amateur film, and the decaying remnants of the Soviet coal mining outpost Piramida in the Arctic Circle. Danish band Efterklang keenly used these ingredients to shape their ambitious cross-medial project, surrounding the release of their latest album. Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg, the idiosyncratic core members of the band,  for nine days devoted themselves to the haunting landscape of the Svalbard archipelago. Flanked by underwhelmed Russian polar bear guard Vadim, the threesome puts their temporary environment to the test sonically.

But THE GHOST OF PIRAMIDA does not necessarily impress only as an aestheticized account of Efterklang’s quirky sound hunting antics, nor does the beautifully framed Soviet Cold War-era decorum, which evokes a slightly post-apocalyptic, yet at the same time nostalgic mood. Most striking is how filmmaker Andreas Koefoed ties together into one spectral whole Efterklang’s music, Piramida’s physical decay and the soundscapes it facilitates, and…

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