Taken By Trees
Other Worlds - SECRETLY CANADIAN
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Kyle Lemmon on October 8, 2012
Many sovereign artists talk a big game when it comes to being influenced by the places they visit. Touring and vacationing can provide musical touchstones, but former Concretes frontwoman Victoria Bergsman truly steeps in each locale she explores. Her third album, Other Worlds, follows in the footsteps of her Pakistani musical sojourn, East of Eden. This new 12-song suite, co-produced by The Tough Alliance’s Henning Fürst, is set in the balmy environs of the Hawaiian Islands. Woozy pedal steel, gently lapping synths and dub textures form a web of melody that is hard to rebuff. Much like Bergsman’s previous efforts, Other Worlds’ vocals have a heavy-lidded quality that may turn off listeners who prefer a more forceful rhythm section. This subtle and reflective experience is beguiling, though, resulting in a listening experience akin to exploring calm tide pools before the sun carves its path across the firmament...soak in it.