Invasão Sueca ("Swedish invasion") ticket for the Taken by Trees and Anna von Hausswolff shows.
Invasão Sueca (“Swedish invasion) is a music project put together by the Swedish Institute. For the sixth year in a row a couple of indie bands tour in Brazil and put Sweden on the map. Friday night the pit stop was São Paulo and the venue SESC Pompéia. This night Taken by Trees and Anna von Hauswolff entered the stage in front of 700 people and the crowd turned out to be really excited. No wonder why because the voices of Taken by Trees (aka Victoria Bergsman) and Anna von Hausswolff respectively, are ones that are easily recognized.
Where Taken By Trees is gentle and catchy folk pop, Anna von Hauswolff’s music makes comparisons to singer/songwriter Kate Bush inevitable. Your expectations should be sky high and I’m afraid the clip below doesn’t make her justice 100 percent (listen to her on MySpace as well!). The sound is somewhat poor (recording live music is really tricky), but i hope it captures the atmosphere of her performing the song “Old Beauty, Du kan nu dö”. This tune is actually my favorite from her album “Singing From the Grave”.
Taken By Trees at the venue La Trastienda in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Photo: Sweden.se
Victoria Bergsman is the former lead singer of the Swedish indieband The Concretes and calls her exciting solo project Taken By Trees. Earlier this evening she did a show at La Trastienda in Buenos Aires, a show arrangend by the Swedish institute. This was actually the first show out of four (the other three in Brazil later this week). If her voice sounds familiar it’s probably because she provided guest vocals for the Peter Bjorn and John single and super hit “Young Folks“. You find some of her music under the name Taken by Trees in the music room at Sweden.se. Victoria’s got one of the most characteristic voice in indie music right now, if you ask me.
Anyway the show was great and the crowd excited. After the gig her fans were eager to the get one of her merch t-shirts. I was hoping to put up a video sample from the show, but I’m just too tired. We’re leaving Buenos Aires early tomorrow morning. Hopefully leaving some new fans of Swedish music behind.
Just watched Robyn’s latest video, “Dancing On My Own.” Perfect way to start the day after far too little sleep. (Due to very nice but slightly excessive, for some, after work mingle at the boss’s last night.) Typically Robynesque beat, which makes it hard to sit still – even here at the desk. Hard not to tap, tap, tap the desk annoyingly.
Director: Max Vitali. Producer: Nils Ljunggren. Choreographer: Decida. There also a behind the scenes version of the video.
I think Robyn is great. Cool, confident, independent. And humble. She was on the Swedish–Norwegian talk show Skavlan a few weeks ago. Skavlan: “How big are you in the United States?” Robyn: “Not that big at all, actually.” She goes on to explain that she’s only sold about half as many albums over there as in Sweden, but that it doesn’t bother her. Obviously I don’t know if she’s honest, but she does seem very down to earth. Amazingly so, considering that she’s been a pop star since she was 16. She will release three albums in 2010 – all from her own label, Konichiwa Records.
I am so proud to be working with the photographer Olle Kirchmeier for our new Chinese web site! I just got his really, really fantastic picture of Håkan Hellström from Hultsfredsfestivalen.
Håkan Hellström at Hultsfredsfestivalen. Photo: Olle Kirchmeier
Of course it brought back some sweet summer festival memories. I should go to more concerts. Definitely.