TAKEN BY TREES

Taken by Trees, the brainchild of renaissance woman Victoria Bergsman, has signed to Secretly Canadian. The former front woman of the Concretes (who you may also recognize from the Peter, Bjorn & John hit "Young Folks") has been hard at work on a new album influenced by a trip to Hawaii and falling in love. Bergsman says of the signing, "I am really excited to be working with Secretly Canadian. I admire how thoughtful they are when it comes to who they sign. I imagine that's due to how much dedication and hard work it takes to deliver something truly special." Bergsman's distinctive voice has served her well, with two critically acclaimed albums under her belt (2007's Open Field and 2009's East of Eden) as well as collaborations with the aforementioned Peter, Bjorn & John, and indie pop bedroom dreamers, Korallreven and Dan Lissvik of nu-Baleric dance kings Studio. For the Swedish chanteuse, each album has been a boundary-testing exploration - Open Field was recorded in just six days and East of Eden grew out of a trip to Pakistan. Victoria's creativity and sense of wonder makes Taken by Trees a singular project that is served well by her playful pop sensibilities. Taken by Trees will perform in Los Angeles for the first time in almost 2 years on Sunday, March 11. The show will serve as a warm-up gig, trying out brand new songs from the forthcoming album before heading to Austin for SXSW. This will be Taken by Trees' first performance at the SXSW Festival. More details on the new album will follow soon.

VIDEO // Taken By Trees Shares New “Only You” Video & Remix

Taken By Trees is back with a new video for “Only You.” Directed by Armen Harootun, the video sets out to explore the themes of love and sensual joy. Watch above. You can download the song now at iTunes and Amazon.

“To me the idea of the video came from the resistance of another idea. I became tired of watching videos of the same thing: a man chasing a woman, or visa versa. It seemed appropriate to consider love as something that doesn’t have to be between a man and a woman. The video is a showcase, not a demonstration of that idea.”Armen Harootun

In addition to video, we have a new “Only You” remix to share. Created by LA producer Belief (EI-P, Murs, Kate Boy), the track slowly builds over the tropical beat to a synthy dance jam. Stream below.

ENTER WEEKEND // Taken By Trees Curates Perfect Mixtape for UTR

Taken By Trees put together a new mixtape for Under The Radar, and it is a perfect way to enter your weekend. Victoria chose songs from her iTunes top rotation, leaving no one safe from this mix. We’re talking songs from Miguel, Augustus Pablo, Kendrick Lamar, Fleetwood Mac and more. Stream below.

Victoria is currently on tour. You can see her tommorrow in Oslo. Full list of dates HERE.

Taken by Trees Mixtape For Under the Radar Magazine by Under_Radar_Mag on Mixcloud

WHILE WE WERE OUT // Taken By Trees Live on Swedish TV

While we were out on holiday, Taken By Trees performed live on Swedish TV Channel 4′s Nyhetsmorgon. Watch Victoria and her band play “Dreams” and “Only You” at The Line of Best Fit!

You’ll also find Taken By Trees’ Other Worlds in The Best Fit Fifty: Albums of 2012. “Other Worlds is a complete work. A journey to paradise that begs to be listened to from start to finish in order to fully appreciate its density and intricacy.”

WATCH // Taken By Trees Perform Live for NPR’s Tiny Desk, Victoria Shares New ‘When The Lights Are Low’ Spotify Playlist

Taken By Trees recently paid a visit to the NPR offices for a charming Tiny Desk performance. Victoria and the boys chose to play “I Want You” and “Only You” and do so wonderfully. Bob Boilen writes, “These songs seem to come from a place somewhere between a dream state and waking life: There’s restraint to the way the players approach this music, almost as if they’re trying not to wake the baby in the other room.” Watch both songs above!

Victoria put together a Spotify playlist, sharing songs that influenced the music and writing of Other Worlds. Stream When The Lights Are Low below!

“I have selected songs that I listened to while I was writing and producing ‘Other Worlds.’ Some songs I took inspiration from for its overall sound like the Augustos Pablo track and “Diamond Head” by The Beach Boys. Other songs I have taken inspiration when it comes to lyrics or just an ambience or feel. For me Other Worlds is a pure love album with a perfect temperature of 29 celsius hanging in the air while laying on a sandy beach.” – Victoria

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