Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden | Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

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Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

by Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden

Lush indie pop with electronic undercurrents and alt-country throwbacks.
Genre: Pop: Dream Pop
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1. The Hours
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2. Faster than Cars Drive
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3. Saturday Night
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4. In Your Dreams
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5. The Way You Went
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6. Maybe a Pirate Stole Her Soul
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7. Everything Went Down
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8. On the Radio
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9. The First Day of the Year
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10. In the End
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Kate Tucker is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist born and raised in the great state of Ohio.

At 16 Kate was given a guitar by the acclaimed luthier Kevin Ryan. She began work on a catalog of songs she would perform from Akron, Ohio to Paris, France. She eventually made the trek west, settling in Seattle, WA.

In 2005, Kate Tucker released her first record, "Eros Turannos" produced by Ryan Hadlock. (Metric, Blonde Redhead) Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden formed in 2007, recording an album of lush indie pop with sparkling melodies and shimmering soundscapes. Their self-titled debut was produced by Ryan Hadlock and features Nic Danielson of The Kindness Kind and Seattle folk luminary Damien Jurado.

Kate Tucker and the Sons of Sweden have been featured on Itunes Singer-Songwriter page and on the playlists of Starbucks stores nationwide. Starbucks included "Faster Than Cars Drive" on their "Have You Heard" compilation and Kate also contributed a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire" for the Starbucks Sweetheart Compilation. In 2008, the band toured nationally in support of the album, showcasing at SXSW, Bumbershoot, and CMJ.

In 2009 Kate parted with the Sons of Sweden. Kate’s side project, honeydove debuted at SXSW, in March 2009. Back in Seattle, Kate is currently at work on a third album.

The self-titled debut from Kate Tucker & the Sons of Sweden is now available at iTunes , CDBaby, Amazon, and Sonic Boom Records.


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Kent

Very Cool...
I love this album...Kate's vocals are sweet and textured and the compositions are very well produced!

Kent Heckaman

Sultry and incredibly beautiful...
I'm a music producer and all I can say is that Kate's vocals have such an awesome texture...so very smooth and ethereal at times...her music is the bomb! The song "Faster than Cars Drive" is haunting...top notch... I would place that song in my top 10 of ANY genre! A MUST BUY ALBUM!

robert matthews

beauideal
This is quite simply a classic.
Evocative,beautiful music with street cool.
Kate and the Sons,you are the bees knees.
London loves you,many thanks.Encore!

John Book/Music For America

A fantastic album everyone should listen to. Mandatory listening.
They aren't from the country that is mentioned in their name, but Kate Tucker & The Sons Of Sweden play the kind of bittersweet pop music that will be adored by fans in Sweden, as well as in Ohio, where Tucker is originally from (she now calls Ballard, Washington home). Their self-titled debut (Red Valise) is an example of how to do good, hearty pop music with an edge that doesn't make them less accessible, yet almost by default (i.e. because they're on an indie label) they may not be exposed to a wider audience. This is the 21s century, so with luck that mentality will change, and I feel that people who take in Tucker's music will be changed in a positive way too.

When I got this CD, the cover was covered with a sticker so there was a mystery as to how the cover looked. The easy way to remedy this was to do a Google search, but I'm from the old school where I have it in my hands, I want to see and absorb before and while I listen. The sticker was removed and I see Tucker standing and staring into the lens while embracing her guitar. Maybe it's the stance of that embrace or the glance, but it immediately set a tone for what I was about to hear, the type of edgy pop that fans of The Cranberries, Sarah McLachlan, or even Lush. will find a joy to listen to. While there is a folk quality to most of the album, and maybe that comes from the a Byrds-ish sound coming in and out of these tunes, that doesn't really shine through until the album'sclosing track, "In The End". The song could fit in the No Depression/Americana bins, a bluesy folk ballad where she sings about how "in the end, statues fall, nothing remains, birds fly away/stay you'll stay with me, I'm going to California where it's warmer, no one's been with me, and nobody knows me like you". One can almost imagine the leaves on trees turning from green to orange and yellow, falling into the air as the weather changes, and as a metaphor for life it touches on what we lose and what we hope to gain from the loss of the seasons and time. It's the kind of song I could hear Grey DeLisle or Jennifer Nettles cover, with the hopes that Taylor's version will get the recognition it deserves.

The entire album is also deserving of recognition, whether it's the travel by the seat of the airwaves in "On The Radio", the struggle of anxiety and anticipation in "The First Day Of The Year", or simply longing for the warmth only she and a lover knows. I'm not sure if I'm hearing this right, but the album almost seems to work backwards. The entire album goes through a lot of different emotions, but it's paced differently and only until you reach the end does one realize that the album begins at the end, and the album ends at the beginning with "In The End". Maybe it's to suggest that with every end there's a beginning, or maybe I'm hearing it wrong. Regardless, Kate Tucker & The Sons Of Sweden are a band worth hearing because no matter what direction they direct you to, it's still about movement and being moved.