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Taken By Trees : Other Worlds

You might know Victoria Bergsman as the former vocalist for Swedish indie-poppers the Concretes, or from Peter, Bjorn & John’s massive hit “Young Folks“; you may also have heard her beautifully delicate cover of GNR’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on a TV ad or movie trailer. But if you’re not familiar with Bergsman’s work with her own ongoing Taken By Trees project then you’re missing out on something pretty special. Following 2009’s sophomore album East Of Eden, where Bergsman travelled to Pakistan and jammed with local musicians before handing the results over to producer Dan Lissvik of Studio, new LP Other Worlds – out October 1 via Secretly Canadian – was born during a recent trip to Hawaii where the sun, sand and surf inspired a laid-back but vibrant collection of blissed-out tropical pop and warm, luxurious grooves. Assisted this time by the Tough Alliance’s Henning Furst, Bergsman looked to old masters like Brian Wilson and Augustus Pablo, then refracted their very different musical interpretations of island life through a dub- and disco-heavy electronic pop lens. It’s a sprawling journey held together by a singular vision, and a record that will keep summer alive well into the winter months; listen to “Large” below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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