Release Date: Sep 8, 2009
Record label: Rough Trade
Genre(s): Indie, Rock, Singer-Songwriter
Feels so unnatural-- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, too. The late qawwali legend has earned the admiration of singers as different as Jeff Buckley, Eddie Vedder, and Devendra Banhart. On 1989's The Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack, he also worked with Peter Gabriel, who ended up releasing six of Khan's albums on his own Real World label. With so much indie culture these past few years stuck in the 1980s, Gabe fave raves Vampire Weekend are simply the most collegiate of recent bands returning to Toto's "Africa" for inspiration.
East of Eden's back-story is the stuff of movies. Following the release of Taken by Trees' 2007 debut, Open Field, Victoria Bergsman and her trusty recording engineer, Andreas Söderström, traveled to Pakistan to record TBT's second album. They had to battle for a travel visa; the Swedish government warned them that travel to Pakistan was dangerous.
Do you remember a time when everything was better? Do you believe in a place in which all troubles evaporate? If yes, you are indulging in Edenic thinking and should probably wash your hands. First formalised by Carl Becker in a 1931 lecture. Edenic mythmaking is the process of imagining that there is somewhere a perfect time or place, always displaced and deferred, which casts a sickly comparative light over the time and place you actually inhabit.
Swedish singer Victoria Bergsman (once of the Concretes) recorded this album in Pakistan and never mind the Animal Collective cover, it's most beguiling when the eastern influences are to the fore..
Victoria Bergsman, under her official moniker, Taken by Trees, recorded a cover of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” for the remake of The Last House on the Left. And we all know that the best kinds of covers are those that offer something new and inviting, instead of a carbon-copy with different singers. The cover can be heard here and it’s a treat to hear; Bergsman’s voice is frail and unadulterated and her accompanying piano and beats make for a resolute cover.