Release Date: Feb 12, 2013
Record label: The Control Group
The final instalment of the Swedish pop duo's Archer Trilogy finds them bringing together the best elements of the previous two in what is their most confident-sounding work yet. Lead singer Elin Lindfors has an ethereal voice that falls somewhere between Björk and Portishead's Beth Gibbons, but the Deer Tracks trade the experimental tendencies of the former and the smoky grooves of the latter band for big, anthemic choruses and swelling synth strings. Those dramatic climaxes are balanced by a delicate touch with the production.
Prints pressed evenly into the ground, one hoof after the other, lead the curious deeper and deeper into the misty and evergreen woods. The Deer Tracks are at the head of their own expedition and are guiding listeners through its final phase with The Archer Trilogy, Pt. 3. Even though the record is part of a series, the Swedish duo—comprised of David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors—travel through a full electronic arc within this album alone.
Swedish electro-pop duo David Lehnberg and Elin Lindfors, known collectively as The Deer Tracks, are clearly a prolific and ambitious pair. This album completes a trilogy of conceptually linked recordings all made within the space of two years. Whereas their compatriots The Knife have veered into more turbulent waters with their meta-music and questioning of the conventions of performance, there are moments on Part 3 of The Archer trilogy that might have sat comfortably on Deep Cuts.
On the final installment of their three-part debut, The Deer Tracks shed their doe eyes. While The Archer Trilogy Pt. 2 twitched around stilted epics, eerie lullabies, and acerbic pop bursts, Pt. 3 funnels the Swedish duo’s itchy wanderlust into a series of sinewy organisms. Despite the menace ….
Quite who The Archer is remains to be seen, but his titular trilogy began in 2011 with a five track EP of contemplative electro-pop in the Scandinavian milieu. It was a very cool effort, and was followed later that year by a more fully formed Pt. 2. More aggressive hooks awaited, sheerer drops, madder glitches, more playful choruses.