Peter, Bjorn, and John Reveal New Album

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Swedish indie rock trio Peter, Bjorn, and John have announced that their latest LP, Seaside Rock, will be released on limited-run vinyl and for digital download September 23. For those purchasing the vinyl, the 5,000 units available in the U.S. will also include digital versions of the album’s tracks.

Swedish indie rock trio Peter, Bjorn, and John have announced that their latest LP, Seaside Rock, will be released on limited-run vinyl and for digital download September 23. For those purchasing the vinyl, the 5,000 units available in the U.S. will also include digital versions of the album’s tracks.
Working around Peter Moren’s solo career in support of his 2008 album The Last Tycoon, the band recorded most of Seaside during spring of 2007. A press release revealing the details of the album names the trio’s primary influence as “Swedish music school orchestras from hell.”

“The timbre of a bunch of youngsters trying to play saxophone and failing is a good sound. The sound of a violin being played by a beginner who hates it is superb,” the band explained.

“Soon the idea of making an instrumental album with these types of sounds seemed like a great idea. And since the childhood of each of the three members was quite similar (growing up bored in small villages located near water in the north of Sweden), Peter Bjorn and John decided to have the themes of water and boredom as inspiration for the record.”

It was rumored that the band, most famous for 2006’s hit single “Young Folks,” had abandoned vocals entirely for an all-instrumental Seaside Rock. But wishing to include the “small villages” mentioned in the press release, there are monologues read over the music representing each village’s unique dialect.

Peter, Bjorn, and John also have a fall tour in the works. Check their site for details.

Tracklisting for Seaside Rock:
1. Inland Empire
2. Say Something (Mukiya)
3. Favour of the Season
4. Next Stop Bjursele
5. School of Kraut
6. Erik’s Fishing Trip
7. Needles and Pills
8. Norrlands Riviera
9. Barcelona
10. At the Seaside

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