Boomkat Product Review:
Having experienced the Scando-pop successes of The Concretes and Peter, Bjorn & John's 'Young Folks', Victoria Bergsman's latest venture took her to Pakistan, recording an album with local musicians far away from the orderliness of a conventional studio environment. The album manages to navigate its way around the potentially awkward stylistic clashes presented by teaming Bergsman's still pop-centric songwriting with the percussion and woodwind of Pakistani Sufi traditions. It all comes together beautifully for 'Watch The Waves' and 'Day By Day' - both of which sound great nestled within a network of elaborately constructed beats and tabla rhythms - and there's really no notion of culture clash or one strain of music being superimposed on top of another. There's a bit of an Animal Collective theme running through the album too: Noah Lennox (aka Panda Bear) shows up on support vocals for 'Anna', and on 'My Boys' Bergsman reinterprets Merriweather Post Pavilion highlight 'My Girls' with commendable aplomb. Excellent.