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.

LISTEN // Taken By Trees Share New Track, Pre-order ‘Other Worlds’

Taken By Trees share the second single, “Large,” off their forthcoming album, Other Worlds. Premiering this morning at Refinery29, the “bewitching piece of tropical pop” is available for listening above or at the fashion site.

Other Worlds is available for pre-order starting today! Head to SC Distribution to purchase the limited-edition lavender tide vinyl! The album is out on October 2; however, when you pre-order, you’ll receive an immediate digital download!

Finally, Victoria and the gang are going on tour! Dates start at the end of this month with an album release show at LA’s Bootleg Theater on September 26! Full schedule and ticket links HERE.

LSTN: New Jens Lekman Album Streaming at The Quietus

The Quietus brings us the global premiere of Jens Lekman’s new record a week before its street release! Officially out in the US next Tuesday, September 4, I Know What Love Isn’t is available in its entirety – see link below! Pre-order the album from SC Distribution to get the limited-edition I Know What Love Isn’t 7″.

Stream I Know What Love Isn’t

Jens will soon tour in support of the new album, with labelmates Taken By Trees joining him for most of the dates. Check out all the shows HERE.

Do you live in Bloomington, IN? Secretly Canadian is hosting a Jens Lekman listening party next Monday at The Bishop! Stop by to hear the new album and for a chance to win tickets to Jens’ show at the Buskirk-Chumley on October 1! DETAILS!

WATCH: New Video for Taken By Trees – “Dreams” (Dub Remix)

Premiering earlier today at Pitchfork, Taken By Trees’ “Dreams” (Dub Remix) gets the visual treatment. Victoria pairs the song with a black and white mash-up of various seaside elements: seahorses, hula dancers, whales chilling at the bottom of the ocean – you know, all the expected stuff. It makes for a relaxing viewing experience. Grab a refreshing beverage and give it a watch or three. Video at top of post.

“Dreams” (Dub Remix) is found on the Dreams 12″. Purchase your copy HERE. Other Worlds is out October 2 and Victoria kicks off her tour later this fall in support of the new album–> dates and ticket links.

Jens Lekman Releases New Video for “I Know What Love Isn’t”

In his new video for “I Know What Love Isn’t,” Jens is placed in stark white room, happily strumming his guitar and singing along to his perfectly crafted pop melodies. Directed by Marcus Soderlund, the video is the title track to Jen’s newest album. The video premiered earlier today on NPR, check it out above or at the link.

I Know What Love Isn’t is out September 4 in the US and on September 3 for UK/EU. Pre-order the album now via SC Distribution or iTunes. The “I Know What Love Isn’t” single is currently available for purchase from iTunes.

In support of his new album, Jen will be touring North America this fall with fellow Swedes and label-mates, Taken By Trees. Check out the full list of tour dates by clicking HERE.

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