Tracks of my ears 

Sleek and stylish electro duo The Deer Tracks is about as overtly Swedish as a certain chef from The Muppets, which means the blood coursing through the two members’ veins all but guarantees they construct ridiculously infectious pop music far more sturdy than an IKEA shelving unit. In fact, they do.

The two — singer/chanteuse Elin Lindfors and multi-instrumentalist David Lehnberg — cut their teeth in a number of bands around their native Sweden before meeting and realizing it was musical destiny.

“We grew up in the same, small city two hours north of Stockholm,” Lindfors said. “We started to come across each other at shows. He asked me to do backup vocals on one of his band’s albums, and we just worked so well together, it became its own thing. We turned up with a record.”

Recalling fellow Swedish electro acts The Knife and Niki & the Dove, that record, 2008’s Aurora, led into The Archer Trilogy, a three-album series (and prologue track) that concluded with last month’s release of Pt. 3.

“We wanted to find a way to make music easily, and it seemed like it was important to find a routine,” Lindfors said. “We also wanted to see how much we could create and what would happen if we made lots of music together. We thought we might find a new means of expression, and that it would help us find out who we were, musically speaking.”

It proved more difficult than The Deer Tracks initially expected.

was intense,” she said. “We were in the studio almost every day for
years, it felt like. It didn’t have to be brilliant. We just wanted to
create and create. Out of that, we feel like we found some brilliant

All the time and energy expended led to the trilogy’s conclusion feeling cathartic.

been working so hard for years. It felt like it was coming to an end
when we were recording it, so we just gave it our all,” Lindfors said.
“We pushed everything we had into this album.”

While both are proud of the Archer albums, they don’t aim to repeat it.

would be surprised if we ever did a trilogy again,” Lindfors said,
laughing. “It’s been exhausting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing, I

For their next
stand-alone album, The Deer Tracks have been recording demos in the van
and at airports during this current jaunt across North America. They
always venture to a new place in the world to record, although they take
a little Sweden along for the ride.

“We’re going to go somewhere,” she said. “We just don’t know where yet.”

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