Swedish Pop Savants Peter Bjorn and John Are Going Back to Basics
Their hiatus-breaking album, "Breakin' Point," drops tomorrow
Photographed by Fredrik Etoall.
The following feature appears in the June/July 2016 issue of NYLON.
It’s been a decade since Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson rode an inescapable whistle and bouncy bass line from the rock clubs of Stockholm all the way to Coachella. Their irresistible single “Young Folks” instantly transformed the band into one of Sweden’s top indie-pop exports, and its corresponding album, Writer’s Block, was a quiver filled with catchy pop arrows that earned them instant popularity stateside. But by the time the trio finished their world tour in support of 2011’s Gimme Some—a return to rooftop-ready hooks after a darker detour with 2009’s Living Thing—they craved a change of scenery. So, ironically, they went home. In Stockholm, a city whose fertile music scene has been supplying the world with a steady stream of pop mainstays since the days of ABBA, Peter Bjorn and John could search for inspiration among the city’s constellation of bright musical talent. “We’ve been a band for such a long time,” says Morén, “so you sort of get stuck in your positions, how to do things, how to make music together. If you just get some fresh perspective from other people on how to do it, I think that’s really important.”
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