Next Level : Taken By Trees

24 Feb

From the nation that brought us Lykke Li and El Perro Del Mar, comes Taken By Trees, the solo project from Swedish artist Victoria Bergsman (formerly of the Concretes and the female lead in Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks”), who has successfully taken the UK and most of Europe by storm.

After releasing Open Field – the group’s debut album – in 2007, the band released their follow-up, Drowned in Sound in September of last year.  Written and recorded in the midst of Bergsman’s journey to Pakistan, the album earned critical praise (being awarded an 8.1 by Pitchfork) and further popular appeal after the band’s cover of Guns ‘N Roses “Sweet Child ‘O Mine” went on to appear in a UK commercial and in the promotional trailer of 2009’s Last House on the Left.

Having established a sound clearly influenced by Bergsman’s time spent in the Middle East, Taken By Trees has succeeded in straddling the organic and highly developed, showcasing various ethnicities and gravitating towards nature in addition to maintain Sweden’s tendency to embrace all things modern.  An act not to be overlooked or missed live, the band’s magic beautifully translates in person, with the group’s calmness and honesty emulating from their guitars, keyboards and tambourines.

With an album that serves to spark conversation and quiet inspiration, Taken By Trees is set to be a cult favourite, earning Sweden yet another gold star in the way of relevant musical contributions and genuine talent.

Posted by : Anne T Donahue

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One Response to “Next Level : Taken By Trees”

  1. Sam February 24, 2010 at 5:46 PM #

    i agree Anne.
    swedes are both cute and talented

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