The Deer Tracks

The Deer Tracks

 Gävle, Gävleborg, SWE
BandPopEDM

Imagine walking through a forest, feeling the feather moss under your feet. In a forest glade you find a tiny box and when you start opening it the smallest glittering sounds surrounds you and takes you on a roller coaster of melodies and sounds. Even though you are on your own in this unexplored landscape you'll find your way.

Biography

The Deer Tracks are a Northern Light Electronica duo from Sweden, and if they aren’t recording in one woodland cabin or another, they’re off-duty in their tiny hometown of Gävle, best known for burning an effigy of a goat every Christmas.

David Lehnberg & Elin Lindfors are the only two constant pieces in the always evolving puzzle of The Deer Tracks. These two versatile multi-instrumentalists and singers, handle everything from writing to recording to production and even data recovery, depending on how badly behaved their way too-old computers are being. But they aren’t worried about the bumps and detours along the way. Says David: “The universe has its own way of course connecting.”

After touring Europe and Japan, in the spring and summer of 2010 The Deer Tracks retreated to the Swedish wilderness to create their definitive statement to date. In Elin’s grandmother’s remote cabin with no phone lines, no friends and one barely working computer, The Deer Tracks wrote and recorded their epic The Archer Trilogy, now releasing as their U.S. debut in three parts: Pt. 1, a five-song EP released last March; Pt. 2: a full album to be released on July 5. And Pt. 3 - yet to be revealed as the final installment.

“We try to be close to nature,” says David. “If you’re locked up in a studio where everything is perfect and there’s no wind or rain blowing in to destroy the recording—if you don’t push the boundaries —it’s gonna sound like you’re not trying to do something that’s real. But if you lock yourself up in a cabin in the woods, things start to happen. You’ll start to find your way back to your inner core, back to life.”

For breaks, Elin would splash through a nearby stream and return soaking-wet to record. When their hard drive repeatedly crashed, David would fish through whatever digital fragments were left and stitch together brand-new songs. Cacophony and melody are their two favorite things, they say. On The Archer Trilogy, the otherworldly experimentation collides with the propulsive danceability—but then fractured and kaleidoscoped thanks to The Deer Tracks’ own unique inspirations and way of thinking about music.

We play with everything we can get our hands on!” says David. “Small music boxes, glockenspiels, forks, coffee mugs, pretty much whatever is laying around—we try to build our own instruments in a way. Take “small parts from one to put with another and make special sound. It’s like a big puzzle.”

The Deer Tracks display their signature schizophrenia on The Archer Trilogy: PT.2; Elin sings breathlessly over an anxious synthesizer melody and suddenly a hard-edged guitar riff snaps the song in two, only to fall away as strings and bass sweeps in for a soaring chorus.

Their songs often stride fearlessly into the forest primeval armed with a stuttering beat and a rattling arsenal of percussion and somehow they blend them all together with other natural found sounds and deliberately lo-fi digital artifacts that adds bristles and grit to their relentless melodies.

They don’t like to reveal too much about their lyrics, they say—They can find inspiration from books, movies, mathematicians, real life and things yet to be discovered E “Even though I can write about others’ history, in every history I can find the history of myself,” says Elin. “Every character and every situation—it’s easy to make it your own.”

“We’re always adding things and doing things differently,” says David. “We’re always changing. We’re never satisfied. Everything is unfinished!”

“But I like that,” says Elin. “I like when there’s not an ending.”

Lyrics

Ram Ram

Written By: David Lehnberg & Elin Lindfors

Oh, dear how my ears hurt! Your heart is acing way too loud. Overflowing when your tears burst slowly, chasing you through end of time.

Oh dear please be quiet. These words arent made for them. Dont even dare to think about it, their troops will sense something.

Come on lets drink ourselves to sleep. Were like an army at the brink of defeat. We are the happy people with invisible ropes around our necks.

Every step has a meaning. A purpose we will understand. When it has reached its darkest point morning light will find our land.

Oh, dear you dont believe me. Hope has been away to long.
You say its not faith to fight back, I say:
”ur fröet kommer trädet gro”

Ram Ram.

Fra Ro Raa / Ro Ra Fraa

Written By: David Lehnberg & Elin Lindfors

Mind imagine figures inclined to exist
Creating the universe
Soul growing think seeds unwraps the focal point
Driven by an endless thirst

Periphery is calling, it's time to come down
But I'm a million dreams away
A knife against my throat
What difference will that make

I'm just like you
I never find what I'm searching
I am the week one
Who always ends up hurting
I'm just like you
I never know when I'm hurting
I am the week one
Who always ends up searching

Lazrus

Written By: David Lehnbern & Elin Lindfors


Sweetheart, Beauty
I thought we had love
Two hearts connected
I was wrong, I had none

Failure, big time
At least I had hope
Of two minds together
I was wrong, I had none

Lover,
I pushed 'til edge and I'm waiting
But I'm still breathing

Sweetheart, Beauty
I thought we shared dreams
Of two worlds embracing
I was wrong, I had none

Lover,
I pushed 'til the edge and I'm waiting
But I'm still breathing

Discography

2008- Aurora CD/LP/Digital
2010- Eggegrund CD/EP
2011- The Archer Trilogy Pt. 1 CD/EP/Digital
2011- The Archer Trilogy Pt.2 CD/LP/Digital
2013- The Archer Trilogy Pt.3 CD/LP/Digital