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Open Field

September 11, 2007 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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By Rupa Ved on August 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Victoria Bergsman debut album entitled Open Field proves to be just as remarkable as her previous contribution to music, offering melancholy melodies that are both haunting and hopeful. Former lead singer and violinist left her band The Concretes in July 2006, which freed Bergsman to create compositions that came most naturally to her: songs with a greater emphasis on vocals against the performance of sparse instrumentation. Co-produced by Bergsman herself and Peter Bjorn, Open Fields was created by recording the vocals first and later adding a variety of instruments as needed, unlike The Concretes, whose plethora of instruments pervade each song. For her solo project, Bergsman's aim was for her vocals to overshadow musical arrangements. Her light, airy voice offers a strong, yet subtle sound against the background of graceful and modest percussion, strings and piano.
The band name Taken by Trees stems from Bergsman love of the outdoors and the simplicity of nature, especially trees. Her graceful songs reflect her connection to nature, and it is nature that seems to aid her creativity. Despite Bergsman's goal to let her voice permeate the songs, there are purely instrumental tracks that evoke the same subtlety of Bergsman's voice without the need for any vocals. The track "Open Fields" involves a full orchestra of woodwind and string instruments, providing a hopeful and deep bodied harmony that beseeches a listen. The lovesick lullaby "Lost and Found" demonstrates Bergsman's ability to allow her voice to stand on its own, consisting of minimal guitar and piano, with lyrics depicting heartbreak and the need to cure lovesickness.
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As an avid fan of Swedish and Icelandic music, particularly jazz/chillout and folk, Open Field became one of my favorites after the first listen. Victoria Bergsman's beautiful voice is accompanied by first-class musicanship, notably the contribution of Bjorn Yittling and Kohn Eriksson of Peter, Bjorn and John. While comparisons do injustice to the individuality of the artists compared, Open Field "Taken by Trees" is ideal for fans of Bliss, Zero 7 and Tenderfoot. I can't think of one track that disappointed me. An easy 5-star selection.
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When I first heard the song "Yesterday," in the movie "Before we go," I thought I was listening to an unfamiliar and obscure "B-side" track from 80's band "Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians!"
However, after listening to the rest of the material by "Taken By Trees," it is obvious that this band stands out on its own, with plenty of musical experimentation, despite what I perceived initially as similar vocal arrangements and inflections to Edie Brickell... Still makes me wonder if this newer band was indeed influenced by "Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars."
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By Bmz on December 13, 2009
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Bergsman's voice is definitely striking, especially on the first listen. Accompanied by lovely, intimate string arrangements, the album has a sort of easygoing intensity of emotion. It's personal and confessional in a way that reminds me of Sibylle Baier's Colour Green.
The first time I heard this album all the way through was when I was painting my basement last summer, and since then I've grown more and more fond of it.
Please buy it
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