June 17, 2016
Last Friday, Peter Bjorn and John released Breakin Point, their first new record in five years. But it's assuredly not the first time you've heard from Peter Moren, Bjorn Yttling, and John Eriksson since 2011's Gimme Some. Largely operating from within the auspices of their record label/studio/arts collective INGRID, the trio all keep busy, working with everyone from indie rockers Wild Nothing to Swedish jazz legend Merit Hemmingsson to The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde.
The projects the trio are involved in are varied, but they all come back to inform the sound of Breakin Point. So we asked Peter Bjorn and John to put together a playlist of the music they worked on in between PBJ records. You can give it a spin—and read commentary from the guys—below.
Astropol — “Make Love Stay”
Astropol is actually a band I started [so that I could] hang out with my old friend Smash. We toyed around with our songs for years before we found Bebban Stenborg with her beautiful voice. The whole album is woven around different love stories: before, during, and after.
Albin Lee Meldau — “Darling”
This guy is beyond great. I love his lyrics and his guitar playing is awesome. It's a song we wrote in the basement studio under the INGRID office. There's more to come from this gentleman.
Chrissie Hynde — “Down The Wrong Way”
Chrissie liked the INGRID studio and the vibe in Stockholm so much that she called her album Stockholm. We wrote this album together and put it out in 2014. Bonus on this song is that she got Neil Young to play guitar all over it. Sweet.
Primal Scream — “(Feeling Like A) Demon Again”
This is the second album I produced for the Scottish guys, and the first one where we wrote songs together. "Demon" is my favorite and also the very first song we did for the album. It started two minutes after Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes walked into the INGRID studio for the first time, randomly repeating a couple notes on a Farfisa organ.
Smile — “Jean Michel”
We founded INGRID in 2012, and this was the first album we put out. Smile is a duo with me and fellow INGRID member Jocke Ahlund. "Jean Michel" might be the best piece of music I've been involved in. Gotta love that mellotron. FL