East of Eden

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All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
East of Eden's back-story is the stuff of movies. Following the release of Taken by Trees' 2007 debut, Open Field, Victoria Bergsman and her trusty recording engineer, Andreas Söderström, traveled to Pakistan to record TBT's second album. They had to battle for a travel visa; the Swedish government warned them that travel to Pakistan was dangerous. Which it was -- Bergsman was literally carried off by some locals shortly after the duo arrived in Pakistan; the fact that she was an unmarried woman evidently made her public property. Söderström saved her by posing as her husband, and thus disguised, Söderström and Bergsman went on to team up with an influential musician ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Margaret Reges
East of Eden's back-story is the stuff of movies. Following the release of Taken by Trees' 2007 debut, Open Field, Victoria Bergsman and her trusty recording engineer, Andreas Söderström, traveled to Pakistan to record TBT's second album. They had to battle for a travel visa; the Swedish government warned them that travel to Pakistan was dangerous. Which it was -- Bergsman was literally carried off by some locals shortly after the duo arrived in Pakistan; the fact that she was an unmarried woman evidently made her public property. Söderström saved her by posing as her husband, and thus disguised, Söderström and Bergsman went on to team up with an influential musician named Malik to record this album. It's probably the last thing indie pop fans would expect from Bergsman, who's best known for her sugary work with the Concretes and Peter Bjorn and John, and, oddly enough, East of Eden is probably stronger simply because it's such a wild tangent. Like Open Field, East of Eden is a richly atmospheric album -- the main difference is in temperature. Compared to TBT's chilly first album, East of Eden provides a warm, vibrant listen; lush with rounded, organic Pakistani-influenced sounds, this is perhaps the happiest-sounding sustained work Bergsman has produced since her departure from the Concretes. It also sounds a whole lot like Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion, an influence that Bergsman is not at all shy about. Noah Lennox makes an appearance on one of the album's standout tracks, the pleasantly loopy "Anna," and there's even a minimalist, half-grinning cover of Animal Collective's "My Girls" (appearing here as "My Boys"). East of Eden shouldn't be chalked up as a kind of mini-Merriweather, though. Even though she's borrowed a lot here -- from Animal Collective, from Pakistani music -- Bergsman manages to give it all a tender, sad-yet-sprightly touch that's completely her own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Rough Trade Us
  • UPC: 883870050326
  • Catalog Number: 503
  • Sales rank: 86,725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 To Lose Someone (4:47)
  2. 2 Anna (4:26)
  3. 3 Watch the Waves (4:25)
  4. 4 Greyest Love of All (3:42)
  5. 5 Tidens Gång (1:46)
  6. 6 Wapas Karna (2:37)
  7. 7 My Boys (3:11)
  8. 8 Day by Day (3:24)
  9. 9 Bekännelse (4:22)
  10. 10 [CD-Rom Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taken by Trees Primary Artist
Victoria Bergsman Vocals
Noah Lennox Background Vocals
Sarah Assbring Background Vocals
Andreas Söderström Musician
Dan Lissvik Musician
Sain Muhammad Ali Vocals, Tumba
Technical Credits
Victoria Bergsman Producer
Andreas Söderström Producer, Engineer
Dan Lissvik Producer
Philip Granqvist Mastering
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