State can’t pretend to have heard Taxi, Taxi! in 2005 when they released their eponymous EP. Only 15 at the time, twin sisters Miriam and Johanna Eriksson Berhan had crafted a posy of folk songs that are fragile, simple, ghostly and quirky. Ok, they’re Swedish, so let’s not bother with the latter. In fact, unless stated otherwise let’s just assume all things Swedish are quirky, or at least stylistically different. We just have to compare -Let The Right One In’ against -Twilight’ (no offence Kristen).
Since then the girls have relocated from Lulea (Northen Sweden?) to Stockholm, where they recorded the fabulous Step Into The Light EP with BjÃ¶rn Yttling of, yeah you guessed right, Peter, BjÃ¶rn and John fame. Lead track -More Childish Than In A Long Time’ is instantly mesmeric and deeply heartbreaking; it’s hard to believe it was written by anyone born in the -90’s. Oddly attractive in a ‘belle laide’ kind of way, the girls have the most wonderfully delicate harmonies. Their songs are minimalist in structure with gentle guitar, piano and sometimes accordion; displaying a melodic honesty which has found them covered by Peter Broderick.
The debut LP by Taxi, Taxi!, Still Standing At Your Back Door, has been released on Fierce Panda. It’s a further collection of vulnerable and bittersweet dark folk, perhaps a little fuller than the EP’s with additional strings and percussion. They are currently supporting Kings Of Convenience on a number of UK shows which is bound to garner a flurry of attention. Watch this space.