Symphonic post-rock, with carefully orchestrated vocals -- Efterklang's _Parades_ swells forth on a tsunami of sound. "Polygene," for example, has a cinematic scope to it, with layered vocals that build to a chorus. The military snare that rattles in "Mirador" get subsumed under a lovely haze of strings and horns. The chant on "Him Poe Poe" lends a fairy tale-like quality to its short running time; the same goes for the simple piano of "Mimeo." On many tracks, the voices of children add an angelic texture, a counterpoint to the more mature voices. "Blowing Lungs Like Bubbles," however, goes for a accordion-assisted dirge. And "Caravan" has the sharp and precise rhythms of a rock song. On the final track, "Cutting Ice to Snow," they take the languorous out, content to let guitars strum over a tinkling piano and a buzzing accordion before the vocals explode onto the scene. A surprisingly accomplished album.