11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skeletal arrangements frame melancholy emotions in Open Field, the first effort from Taken By Trees. This minimalist folk-pop “group” is singer/songwriter Victoria Bergsman (ex-Concretes) along with a loose coterie of fellow Swedish musicians. Small-scale yet expansive, the album keeps a tight spotlight upon Bersgman’s drowsy-yet-expressive vocals. She projects a waif-like presence in “Tell Me,” “Too Young,” “Cedar Trees” and similarly misty-toned tracks. “Julie” and “The Legend” are at the more disturbing edge of her vision, while the chant-along “Hours Pass Like Centuries” introduces a glimmer of hope. Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson (of hitmaking combo Peter, Bjorn and John) add crucial sonic colors with acoustic guitar, keyboard and percussion touches, creating a pastel-like ambiance. Their playing on the gorgeous instrumental title cut are particularly entrancing. The consistently downcast mood of Open Field may offer solace or deepen your gloom, depending upon conditions, but as art, these songs shine brightly.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Skeletal arrangements frame melancholy emotions in Open Field, the first effort from Taken By Trees. This minimalist folk-pop “group” is singer/songwriter Victoria Bergsman (ex-Concretes) along with a loose coterie of fellow Swedish musicians. Small-scale yet expansive, the album keeps a tight spotlight upon Bersgman’s drowsy-yet-expressive vocals. She projects a waif-like presence in “Tell Me,” “Too Young,” “Cedar Trees” and similarly misty-toned tracks. “Julie” and “The Legend” are at the more disturbing edge of her vision, while the chant-along “Hours Pass Like Centuries” introduces a glimmer of hope. Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson (of hitmaking combo Peter, Bjorn and John) add crucial sonic colors with acoustic guitar, keyboard and percussion touches, creating a pastel-like ambiance. Their playing on the gorgeous instrumental title cut are particularly entrancing. The consistently downcast mood of Open Field may offer solace or deepen your gloom, depending upon conditions, but as art, these songs shine brightly.

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About Taken By Trees

Having served as the group's enigmatic, melancholy frontwoman for over a decade, Victoria Bergsman left the Concretes in 2006 following the release of the group's sophomore album, In Colour. "We'd started to lose our playfulness," she said in an interview with Plan B Magazine's Everett True. "It had become too much of a business." Her departure also came on the heels of the much-hyped release of "Young Folks," the first single from Peter Bjorn and John's third album, which featured Bergsman as a guest vocalist. Bergsman didn't waste any time following her split with the Concretes. Adopting the name Taken by Trees, she recorded four songs ("Tell Me," "Too Young," "Lost and Found," and "Hours Pass Like Centuries") with PB&J's Björn Yttling and made them available online in the fall of 2006. The new recordings found Bergsman abandoning the Concretes' sprightly sound in lieu of a style of somber, stripped-down twee that put her in league with Camera Obscura and El Perro del Mar. Taken by Trees' first full-length, "Open Field," was released on Rough Trade in 2007. Several new songs, including a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child of Mine," were available via Taken by Trees' MySpace site in early 2008. For the next Taken by Trees' album, Bergsman wanted to try something different so she and recording engineer, Andreas Söderström, traveled to Pakistan to record with local musicians. The resulting album, East of Eden, was released in 2009. Her next record was inspired by a trip to Hawaii and the notion of making music that combined the lazily sweet, Hawaiian-inspired "Diamond Head" by the Beach Boys with Augustus Pablo's deeply dubby "AP Spezial." Working again with Söderström and for the first time with producer Henning Fürst (of Swedish duo the Tough Alliance,) Bergsman recorded most of the album on the Island before shifting to L.A., where Dan Horne and Farmer Dave Scher (of Beachwood Sparks) added some sounds to the mix. The finished work, Other Worlds, was released in October of 2012 by her new label Secretly Canadian. ~ Margaret Reges

  • ORIGIN
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