It’s undeniable that the name Robyn will come to your mind – or search engine – when just thinking of Ester Ideskog, aka Vanbot. This isn’t a bad thing, frankly we need more Swedish female music stars… does anyone really not want Tove Lo’s Ladywood? Vanbot doesn’t need to say anything about being a ‘cool girl’ though. She just gets on the Trans-Siberian Railway with two producers and limited tools.
“Collide” is icy cool, like just above zero cool, which was the temperature outside when the song was created, yet still meltingly emotive. The song passes like a night train through a small town. There is true beauty here in the whites and blues and purples as the train sweeps deftly along the rails. You can feel the rain pelting the windows and see the remote villages and steel factories. One cannot help but be attracted to the voice that lingers so close but still feels as distant as last night’s dream. Not to mention the distorted bass is grand.
As Ester so eloquently puts it, “It describes the collisions and the attractions in relationships, and having no choice but to accept the raw and un-retouched feelings. You know, it’s like the poem of David Jones: “It’s both a blessing and a curse to feel everything so very deeply.””
The song is the first single off Vanbot’s forthcoming album Siberia, due out April 7th via Ester’s own label Lisch Recordings and distributed by Sony Music Sweden. The entire album was written and recorded on the Trans-Siberian Railway together with Johannes Berglund who has worked with The Knife, Lykke Li, FKA Twigs, as well as Owen Pallett and Petter Winnberg of Amason. No additional recording was done on the LP upon their return to Sweden. Siberia is a documentation of the journey, one that lingers in memory, and a separate excursion all on its own.
HURRY – LISTEN – VANBOT