Multi-tasker makes goodTheresa Andersson has a throwback career trajectory—one that’s actually allowed her to mature in a nurturing local-music scene.
Flying solo now, with production guidance from fellow Swede Tobias
Fröberg, she’s reached a career peak with this unconventional, focused
and utterly charming disc. Songs like the opener “Na Na Na” and
“Hi-Low” are lush, tolerably whimsical meditations yielding the same
kind of aesthetic pleasures that come from staring at a densely layered
and carefully manicured garden. Performing these songs on stage,
Andersson is a multi-tasking spectacle (watch her one-woman-band
kitchen performance on her MySpace page, but, really, see her live).
She juggles three to five instruments per song and builds multi-track
vocal harmonies with the help of a two-tiered floor rack of pedals and
blinking loop processors that looks like a NASA control panel. She
works the knobs with her toes. it all comes together quite gracefully
for a cathartic payoff. It’s like her true spirit was held hostage for
all those years, and Hummingbird, Go! is the escape hatch.