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Hailing from Stockholm, couple Linnea and Joel Edin, aka The Forest & The Trees are a striking addition to the canon of quintessential bittersweet indie-pop to emerge from Sweden in recent years. Creating delicately crafted songs, their work showcases a talent for combining playful melodies with the perfectly balanced harmonies of their vocals.

Drawing on the music they listened to as teenagers, bands like Popsicle, The Cardigans and The Cocteau Twins, has driven their sound to develop precision, while retaining a balance of the carefree and complex. 

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8/10 Mike Staff review, 11 July 2014
This one here is an album of dreamy and dramatic indie-pop from Stockholm's The Forest & The Trees. They're a husband-and-wife team by the looks of it, but I'm not sure which one is Forest and which is Trees. It's lushly arranged stuff, with various contributors over the course of the record, particularly notable in the buoyant strings of 'The Song That Breaks My Heart', although the whole album is pretty widescreen, with big vocal harmonies, soft synths and expansive heartstring-tugging arrangements being the order of the day here.   The woozy synthpop of 'I'm Only Dancing' reminds me an awful lot of 'Heartbeats' by The Knife, especially in its verses. The mention in the press release that they're influenced by The Cardigans and the Cocteau Twins comes as no surprise as there are traces of both scattered throughout the album.   Despite the big production values there's always a sense of idiosyncrasy and intimacy running through these songs that makes it a very easy album to like. Take in 'Flesh and Bones' when they drop into the most improbable drum break starkly laid across softly keening vocals, or closer 'By My Side' with its Joe Meek wibbles. It's good to have little touches of weirdness like that keeping you guessing during what is at its heart a pop album. Thoughtful, ambitious and often quite impressive.



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