Peter Bjorn and John
It’s hard to survive in the music business, but Peter Bjorn and John have done that and then some. The Swedish indie-pop trio have been triumphing via their pitch-perfect alchemy of varying sounds and styles for two decades now, and their ninth album Endless Dream (March 13) is but the latest proof of the unique creative chemistry that Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson have successfully worked with for so long. Every PB&J album sounds like falling in love with music for the first time, and the deceptively light confections contained on Endless Dream is the trio’s latest romance.
“It’s the light to the darkness—the day to the night,” Morén explains, elaborating that PB&J picked up right where they left off from Darker Days. We were in a good place after Darker Days, so we continued in a similar way.” “We realized we wanted to cut the crap, so we rehearsed songs in the same room and recorded together,” Yttling states.
And first single “Rusty Nail,” with its Yttling-penned glowing chorus and blocky percussive hits, draws inspiration from a Swedish kids song. “You trade toys, and if you get the rusty nail instead of the teddy bear, it’s not so fun,” Yttling chuckles. “When you’re younger, you want to get into making music but you don’t know what it is. The more you know, the less you know, and the harder it is. It might sound like whining, but that’s what it feels like when you’re making music sometimes.”