“Cascading with angelic harmonies and gloriously mellow beats.” – London In Stereo
“Beautifully hypnotic and undeniably breathtaking.” – Variance
“Absolutely stunning piece of smooth, alt-soul-pop. Becky and the Birds is an artist, we think, has all the right ingredients to become Sweden’s and possibly the world’s next big star.” – Record of the Day
Becky and the Birds, the moniker of Swedish producer Thea Gustafsson, has released her new EP Trasslig via 4AD / Remote Control Records.
Featuring the singles ‘Do U Miss Me’, ‘Wondering’ and ‘Paris’, Trasslig (Swedish for “entangled, messy, intricate”) celebrates the complexity of womanhood. Producer and songwriter Thea Gustafsson says, “people are scared of women who could be both powerful and vulnerable at the same time, and there’s no space for that. But’s it’s okay to be trasslig, to be all the parts of yourself.”
Trasslig follows 2018’s self-released debut EP Becky And The Birds and showcases Gustafsson’s impressive soprano vocal range. Born in Örebro, Sweden, Gustafsson’s life has always been steeped in music, whether listening to traditional Swedish folk songs; following her father’s career as an accordionist or his passion for jazz and soul; her sister’s love of 90s R&B and hip-hop; or through her own experiences playing violin as a child and composing pieces for orchestras. A move to Stockholm in 2014 to attend Musikmakarna – a renowned music school in Sweden’s capital – exposed her to pop music for the very first time, coming face-to-face with music epitomised and made famous by the likes of Max Martin and Aviicii. Armed with skills in pop songcraft and production, Becky and the Birds came to life in 2016 in reaction to frustrating and fruitless encounters with male producers and songwriters.