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Taken By Trees — Yellow To Blue (4th May 2018)

Taken By Trees — Yellow To Blue (4th May 2018)

 Taken By Trees — Yellow To Blue (4 May 2018)  Taken By Trees — Yellow To Blue (4 May 2018)→       Taken by Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman, former lead singer for the Concretes. The act’s debut album Open Field was released on 18 June 2007. Four demo songs (“Tell Me”, “Too Young”, “Lost and Found” and “Hours Pass Like Centuries”) had previously been recorded under the production of Björn Yttling and were available on the band’s official website beginning September 13, 2006. The second Taken by Trees album, East of Eden, was available for streaming on Drowned in Sound, and was released on September 7, 2009 in the U.K., and the next day in the U.S. When recording the album, Taken by Trees retreated to Pakistan and recruited a cast of amateur musicians which is heard on East of Eden.
Born: 4 May 1977
Location: Los Angeles, California
Genres: Indie pop, experimental pop, electronica, Dub, lo~fi, freak folk
Album release: 4 May 2018
Record Label: ART:ERY / Shir Records
Duration:     32:42
Tracks:    
01. Wait     3:11
02. Vibrant Colors     3:12
03. Once     3:51
04. Doin’ Time     3:14
05. Charlie     3:12
06. Man Enough     3:09
07. Tell Me Lies     3:02
08. Never Let Me Down     3:27
09. Break It Down     3:05
10. Lights Go Out     3:19
Review
Pierre Hellqvist; Score: 8/10
→       Snäppet mer direkt och utåtriktat än vad vi är vana vid från Victoria Bergsman.
→       Victoria Bergsman är en av våra mest intressanta upptäcktsresande i ljud, eller sound. Som vokalist har hon sin sedan Concretes~tiden omisskännliga röst och frasering, men ser hela tiden till att sätta den i nya och ibland oväntade sammanhang. Hon verkar genuint mån om att inte fastna i ett specifikt uttryck eller fack.
∏→       Det har snart gått sex år sedan vi senast hörde av henne, den gången handlade det om den Karibien~tonade Henning Fürst~produktionen »Other Worlds«, en skiva som var estetiskt praktfull och soldåsigt behaglig men nästan distanserad, avmätt i överkant.
→       »Yellow to Blue« är egentligen inte väsensskild, ändå någonting annat. Bland hennes samarbetspartners den här gången märks Dan Lissvik och Jesse Shatkin (Rihanna, Sia). Musiken är alltjämt tillbakalutad och stram, men tilltalet mer direkt och utåtriktat, ljudbilden överlag stor och lyxig. Det låter Los Angeles (där Bergsman numera bor), om än med en tropisk, eller karibisk, twist. På något ställe blir Roxy Music en given referens, på något annat Sade. Skivan utstrålar mer harmoni och omsorg än oro, även om det aldrig övergår i självbelåtenhet eller stillastående jolmighet. Och »Doin’ Time« torde vara en av årets finaste poplåtar så här långt.
∏→       http://www.sonicmagazine.com/
Website: http://secretlycanadian.com/artist/?name=takenbytrees
Biography
∏→       Taken by Trees, the brainchild of renaissance woman Victoria Bergsman, has signed to Secretly Canadian. The former front woman of the Concretes (who you may also recognize from the Peter, Bjorn & John hit “Young Folks”) has been hard at work on a new album influenced by a trip to Hawaii and falling in love. Bergsman says of the signing, “I am really excited to be working with Secretly Canadian. I admire how thoughtful they are when it comes to who they sign. I imagine that’s due to how much dedication and hard work it takes to deliver something truly special.”
∏→       Bergsman’s distinctive voice has served her well, with two critically acclaimed albums under her belt (2007’s Open Field and 2009’s East of Eden) as well as collaborations with the aforementioned Peter, Bjorn & John, and indie pop bedroom dreamers, Korallreven and Dan Lissvik of nu~Baleric dance kings Studio. For the Swedish chanteuse, each album has been a boundary~testing exploration — Open Field was recorded in just six days and East of Eden grew out of a trip to Pakistan. Victoria’s creativity and sense of wonder makes Taken by Trees a singular project that is served well by her playful pop sensibilities.
∏→       Taken by Trees has been perform in Los Angeles for the first time in almost 2 years on Sunday, March 11. The show will serve as a warm~up gig, trying out brand new songs from the forthcoming album before heading to Austin for SXSW. This is Taken by Trees’ first performance at the SXSW Festival. 
Discography:
→       2007     Open Field     Rough Trade
→       2009     East of Eden     Rough Trade
→       2012     Other Worlds     Secretly Canadian
→       2018     Yellow To Blue     Rough Trade
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Taken By Trees — Yellow To Blue (4th May 2018)

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