Liima is the new band of Efterklang members, Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg, and Finnish percussionist, Tatu Rönkkö. A live improvisation project, this is the sound of four musicians communicating at an entirely intuitive level with one another, revelling in the joys and terrors of letting go of control over the music being created. Efterklang graced the Supersonic stage back in 2008, and we’re thrilled to welcome back this bold, beautiful and experimental new incarnation. Liima is something of a palate cleanser and a departure for the members of Efterklang, who, after knowing each other for sixteen years, welcomed Rönkkö as their drummer upon the release of their most recent album, Piramida.
During lengthy tours, the magnetic energy of Rönkkö’s spontaneous percussion improvisations in between songs proved to be the kernel for Liima. Conceptually, what the four-piece have created is intentionally the polar opposite of Efterklang’s meticulous, painstakingly crafted music. The band meet in a city of their choosing, experiment for a week and perform the results. On a more visceral level, however, Efterklang and Liima seem to be on a continuum that celebrates the power and depth of musical relationships. Indeed, Liima is the Finnish word for ‘glue’, and this is an apt metaphor for the band’s combination of processed vocals, guitar, looped percussion and complex interweaving synthesised sounds, which create a free and emotionally raw live experience.