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free music friday: taken by trees
August 7, 2009, 9:10 am
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fmf_takenbytreesTaken By Trees
‘Watch The Waves’

Putting Victoria Bergsman’s past life as stylishly coiffed frontwoman of The Concretes even more firmly behind her – hipsters now go into  salons to ask for “a Milberg” rather than “a Bergsman” – East Of Eden, her second album as Taken By Trees, finds our soft-voiced heroine growing out her hair and switching the fresh Swedish air for the dusty streets of Pakistan. In a mini documentary for National Geographic, Victoria reveals that she was in constant shock from day one to the day she left, from seeing dead bodies in the street to dealing with the ways in which she was required to behave as a woman. The album was recorded with local musicians using two microphones and a laptop, half outdoors and half indoors, but nowhere near a studio. It wasn’t always easy, she admits: “I don’t think I was prepared enough, and I don’t think you can be prepared enough, for what I experienced. Very emotional and everything in your face constantly, but I do not regret that I went there and what I experienced and what I’ve seen.” Watch the full 11-minute film here.

Preview track ‘Watch The Waves’ gives a taster of what to expect from the album musically. A very crisp, percussive rhythm drives the song, and for all its organic origins it sounds beautifully sophisticated. The trills of flute and distant choral backing vocals are lovely touches, and Victoria’s trademark sigh-singing style works surprisingly well with the busy arrangements. East Of Eden is released on September 7th through Rough Trade Records. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Taken By Trees, ‘Watch The Waves’

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