Becky and the Birds, the moniker of Swedish producer Thea Gustafsson, has released her new EP Trasslig via 4AD.
Gustafsson uses Becky And The Birds as an outlet for songs about complex women – strong, independent, sensitive and romantic women – and Trasslig (Swedish for “entangled, messy, intricate”) echoes that sentiment. She 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.”
Born in Örebro, Sweden, Thea’s life has always been steeped in music, whether 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. It’s little surprise she has absorbed all she’s been exposed to but it takes a rare talent to channel all of this in to such a striking EP of lush, polished songs.
Peep her latest singles below