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victoria bergsman goes east of eden
July 1, 2009, 11:47 am
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010709_takenbytreesAmbitious new Taken By Trees album recorded in Pakistan

Posting last Friday’s free Milberg MP3 got us wondering what her former bandmate Victoria Bergsman was up to these days. Surely a follow-up to 2007’s Open Field (her debut solo album under the name of Taken By Trees) was in the works? Well, good news, it’s finished and will be released via Rough Trade Records on September 7th. Described as “the result of an extraordinarily adventurous recording process in Pakistan with local musicians”, East Of Eden finds Victoria taking inspiration from the husky-voiced ‘Queen of Sufi Music’ Abida Parveen, one of her favourite singers, and the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan in an ambitious attempt to create something far removed from the sparse and delicate, very Swedish Open Field, indulging her long held love of the rhythms, drums and flutes of Pakistani music.

The 9-track album will be accompanied with a short film that was shot while out in Pakistan, which should provide some fascinating insight into, as Rough Trade put it, “the bureaucracy, cultural differences and prejudices she had to overcome to see this project through”. Given that very few Western women have ever attempted to (let alone successfully) record in this region, East Of Eden will at the very least be a personal triumph for Victoria Bergsman. We can’t wait to hear it!

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East Of Eden
01 To Lose Someone
02 Anna
03 Watch The Waves
04 Greyest Love Of All
05 Tidens Gång
06 Wapas Karna
07 My Boys
08 Day By Day
09 Bekännelse

Alan Pedder


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