11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

You may know Victoria Bergsman from her work with the Concretes, or with Peter, Bjorn & John (she’s the female voice on “Young Folks”). On East of Eden, Bergsman transports us to Pakistan where she traveled and recorded, indulging her affection for the late singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and for Qawwali (a type of Sufi devotional music, popular in southern Pakistan). The end result is astoundingly effective. There are many lovely moments of cross-cultural pollination, like the swirling, Qawwali field recording “Wapas Karna,” the mournful Swedish language “Tidens Gång,” and the rippling, exotic strings on tracks like “Watch the Waves.” But the gorgeous, slow motion sway of “Greyest Love Of All” and the melancholy “To Lose Someone” (strangely reminiscent of a Robert Flack melody) keep Bergsman’s affinity for western pop music in plain view. Even the tablas, flutes and tambourines on “Day By Day” can’t keep the sugary sweetness of fizzy pop from bubbling to the surface. East of Eden is a richly rewarding aural delight.

EDITORS’ NOTES

You may know Victoria Bergsman from her work with the Concretes, or with Peter, Bjorn & John (she’s the female voice on “Young Folks”). On East of Eden, Bergsman transports us to Pakistan where she traveled and recorded, indulging her affection for the late singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and for Qawwali (a type of Sufi devotional music, popular in southern Pakistan). The end result is astoundingly effective. There are many lovely moments of cross-cultural pollination, like the swirling, Qawwali field recording “Wapas Karna,” the mournful Swedish language “Tidens Gång,” and the rippling, exotic strings on tracks like “Watch the Waves.” But the gorgeous, slow motion sway of “Greyest Love Of All” and the melancholy “To Lose Someone” (strangely reminiscent of a Robert Flack melody) keep Bergsman’s affinity for western pop music in plain view. Even the tablas, flutes and tambourines on “Day By Day” can’t keep the sugary sweetness of fizzy pop from bubbling to the surface. East of Eden is a richly rewarding aural delight.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

Historyfool24 ,

escape music

I heard the first track of this album on NPR's All Songs Considered and had to have this album. It is just such a pleasure to listen too. It has the distinct sound of an artist from Scandavnia but at the same time, you can hear a sound that could only be described as middle eastern. Its beautiful. A must buy!!

Sliim Jim ,

Mhmm Yeah!

Ethereal excellence! She never disappoints.

music4dc ,

My Boys

i love that they have this song it is the same as the song my girls from animal collective but it has its own distinctive sound all i can say that it is absolutely amazing!!!

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