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Peter Björn and John

Back to pop on their new album

Peter Björn and John

Reading Spin we’ve come across an interesting piece of news: Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson have finished their sixth album as Peter Björn and John, one which represents a change of register for the band. After the instrumental postcards of “Seaside Rock” (2008) and their veering towards electronic-style pop on the darker, warmer “Living Thing” (2009), the Swedish trio with a knack for catchy melodies seems to have taken a liking to simple, no-frills pop rock. According to Eriksson, their new reference is a “pure pop-rock album,” although their initial ideal was to follow a rougher path. "We originally planned to make a punk rock album, but listening to it now, it's definitely a pop rock album. But it sounds more punk rock when we play the songs live."

Usually self-producers, this time around Peter Björn and John have enlisted Per Sunding from the Cardigans. His role has turned out to be highly relevant, and he’s stressed what he believes is the band’s strongest point, their talent for melodic power pop. There’s no definite tracklist or official title for the album yet (in fact, the band has used their Twitter page to ask their fans to suggest some possible names for the creature, if you want to contribute…). If nothing interferes with their plans, the album will see the light of day in early 2011.

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