Taken by Trees
| origin = Sweden | genre = Indie pop, experimental pop, electronica, Dub, lo-fi | years_active = 2006 – present | label = Rough Trade Records Secretly Canadian | website = Official site | current_members = Victoria Bergsman
Taken by Trees is the solo project of Victoria Bergsman, former lead singer for the Concretes. Bergsman wrote four demo songs ("Tell Me", "Too Young", "Lost and Found" and "Hours Pass Like Centuries") and produced them with Björn Yttling. She posted the songs on the band's official website on September 13, 2006, where they got the attention of Geoff Travis of Rough Trade Records. The following June (June 18, 2007), Taken By Trees’ debut album Open Field came out on that label. For the second Taken by Trees album, East of Eden, Bergsman travelled to Pakistan where she worked with a cast of sufi musicians. She considered going to India, but it seemed as though so many musicians had traveled and recorded there. Pakistan seemed more mysterious and undiscovered. Additionally, Bergsman was inspired by sufi music and especially the singer Abida Parveen . On her trip to Pakistan she brought musician Andreas Söderström who helped out with recording and orchestrating the sufi musicians. Back in Sweden, musician and producer, Dan Lissvik (former member of the band Studio) produced and mixed the album, melding Bergsman’s Pakistani recordings with supplemental instrumentation to bring it all together. The album was released on Rough Trade Records on September 7, 2009 in the UK and the following day in the US. In addition to music, East of Eden features a short film composed of Bergsman’s footage from Pakistan called Taweel Safar. The film was edited by Swedish director Marcus Söderlund (who also directed Bergsman’s video for the song “My Boys,” a cover of Animal Collective’s “My Girls.”) was released on September 7, 2009 in the U.K., and the next day in the U.S.
In November 2009, a cover version of Guns N' Roses hit "Sweet Child o' Mine" was used in the John Lewis Christmas advert. It was announced that the version would be released as their next UK single. It was also used in the promotional trailers for the 2009 remake of The Last House on the Left. The song was also used in the final scene for the 2010 film Life as We Know It.
In February 2012, Taken By Trees was signed by record label Secretly Canadian and the third studio album, Other Worlds, was released that October. The album was inspired by a trip to Hawaii and was produced with Henning Furst, former member of the band The Tough Alliance. Bergsman also worked closely with photographer and director Amanda Marsalis on all the visuals for the album. They made a music video for the song Dreams together. The song Large was the second single taken from that album and was made into a video as well, directed by music producer Ariel Rechtshaid and Only You were also made into a music video made by Armen Harootun
Bergsman is currently at work on the fourth Taken By Trees album. There is no set theme, but she is aiming to try, for her a completely new style of music.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2009||East of Eden
|2007||"Lost & Found"||-||Open Field|
|2009||"Sweet Child o' Mine"||23||Non Album|
|2012||"Dreams" 12"||-||Other Worlds|
- Four Songs by Arthur Russell (2007)
- Mentioned on the Radio 1 Fearne Cotton Show, 20 November 2009 approx 11:00 GMT
- Taken By Trees - Music Charts. Acharts.us. Retrieved on 2012-11-09.
- Radio 1 - Chart - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart. BBC (2012-11-04). Retrieved on 2012-11-09.
The song "Only Yesterday" was a soundtrack of the movie "Before We Go" 2015.