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Taken by Trees, ‘Open Field’ (Rough Trade)

Chandler Levack // November 5, 2007

After four albums with the Concretes, Swedish gamine Victoria Bergsman departed for the inevitable solo project; instead, her hollowed-out, achin’-to-be vocals added a rueful drone to Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks.” Now, with minimalist production from Bjorn and John, Bergsman’s new work has an introspective solitude — wisps of mandolin, sparse coils of marimba, all-thumbs pianos, drunken xylo­phone. While her voice gave a certain gravitas to the Concretes’ Spector-ish parade, here she confesses: “I don’t wanna be left standing alone / Without a hand to hold.”

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