By ILANA KAPLAN
June 8, 2016
For Peter, Bjorn and John fans, five years might have seemed like an eternity to wait for new music, but the band was busy. From raising kids to working on band side projects, Peter Morén, Björn Yttling, and John Eriksson were occupied with other endeavors. But when it came to their own music, the band was looking for their own direction for their latest record Breakin' Point (due June 10)—something they thought would come within one to two years max. But it didn't happen quite like that. "We've usually had a direction for an album when we start [making it]—either it's super minimalist like the record we did in 2009, Living Thing, or rock 'n' roll like [like with] Gimme Some," says Morén of the band's latest LP. "[On Breakin' Point], we just said we were going to make the best possible pop songs that we could write."
With their seventh studio album, Peter, Bjorn and John made the decision to really go back to basics. For fans that were instantly hooked by "Young Folks" from the band's 2006 LP Writer's Block, Breakin' Point hones in on the pop ethos that launched the trio's career. It's something that's transparent upon listening to their seventh studio album's first single "What You Talking About?"—a carefree, whistling synth-pop gem that flaunts top tier production and possesses the same pizazz that "Young Folks" had years ago. The catchiness is no coincidence when you take a look at the production work; the band enlisted the help of a star team of producers, including Paul Epworth, Greg Kurstin, Patrick Berger, and Emile Haynie for this record. It's something Peter, Bjorn and John decided to do after they ended up with five or six versions of the album's tracks, and they didn't really know where to go from there. The band's manager thought that they should aim high and get some of the biggest producers in the music industry to help finish the production because the songs were so good.