Swedish sister trio Baskery shared the lead single from their upcoming full-length album due out in 2017.
Titled “Love in L.A.,” the song is about how difficult it is to find love in the City of Angels because of the shallowness that comes with living here. It’s pretty easy to relate to, and it comes from the sisters moving to Echo Park a few years ago and finding it a difficult place to navigate relationships in. The song has a very welcoming beat and melody, with the sisters employing a variety of handclaps and footstomps with all three of their vocals intertwining.
I stumbled upon them performing a midday set at this year’s Shaky Knees Fest in Atlanta. I couldn’t help thinking they reminded me of HAIM — if HAIM had gone the more folksy-Americana route. The band is made of the Bondesson sisters — Greta on banjitar, guitar, beats; Stella on the double bass; and Sunniva on guitar with all three providing vocals.
“We moved to Echo Park and really liked it there, but we felt a bit lonely,” Sunniva says about the inspiration behind the song. “I guess we were homesick. You’re definitely on your own in L.A. Things were great, but it felt like there was no love. There’s a lot of flirting going on, but it can get a bit shallow. To us mellow Swedes, it feels like most Americans are overusing the word love. ‘Love in L.A.’ is about all that acting and the sacrifices people expect you to make to get to the next level.”
Speaking of Shaky Knees, My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James also caught their set that afternoon. Because he dug them so much, he then invited them on stage. They participated during his band’s “Purple Rain” rendition during their headline set that weekend. The sisters have toured with the likes of Gary Clark Jr. and Brandi Carlile and should be releasing their full-length debut sometime next year.
LISTEN TO BASKERY’S NEW SONG “LOVE IN LA” BELOW: