A stand-out moment from one of the year’s most beautiful records, Taken By Trees today reveals ‘Dreams’ – the first single to be lifted from her third album Other Worlds.
Certainly a natural shift in progression from 2009′s East Of Eden, Other Worlds once again features a Swedish production heavyweight at the helm, with Henning Fürst (of The Tough Alliance) taking over from Dan Lissvik’s (of Studio) sterling work on East Of Eden. What’s more, both records are very much inspired by Victoria Bergsman’s surroundings at the time of writing – whilst East Of Eden was written and recorded in Pakistan, Other Worlds is full on tropicalia: heaven sent melodies, soothing pedal steel guitar and oceanic waves of synth that flirt gently over a dub backdrop – all blending effortlessly to recount Bergsman’s time in Hawaii.
Victoria Bergsman recalls the inspiration behind ‘Dreams’:
I hardly remember my dreams these days. Sometimes, if I am lucky and I wake up very late, I find a thin film of another time or another life. I try so desperately capture this residue of a dream that it quickly fades.
But the kind of dream I am referring to in this song is more like a sense of longing, a vision of a place where things are quiet, like floating in the ocean off of Hawaii. I find that very hard, feeling at peace, feeling that things are OK just as they are. In the past I always feared that calm would lead to laziness, but now I see it more as a strength, something I want to achieve. The album is very much about that … and about finding love. It’s a feel good album.
Other Worlds is released via Secretly Canadian on October 2.