Sweden's been a fairly rich font of pop music in recent times. I'm From Barcelona, Jens Lekman, and The Radio Dept. to name a few. One of the nicest pop albums I've heard this year comes from Stockholm trio Peter Bjorn & John.
Writer's Block is their third album, released a few weeks ago. Not nearly as ecstatically joyous as 'Barcelona, nor as melancholy as Jens, it's somewhere in between, showing great instrumental skill that rides through. They've been treated with a bit of fame lately - a favourable Pitchfork review and a spot on last week's Grey's Anatomy. Looks like I'm somewhat late! 'Young Folks" has a sort of boyish charm to it with a genuine whistle that brings a grin to my face. "Amsterdam" is a delicious pop nugget telling tales of the Dutch capital. The flute 'n synth combo makes it a gem. It's infectious. "Start To Melt" is very reminiscent of the Shins, a poptone that sets the album alight. Further displays of musical prowess and diversity are found in "Paris 2004", a wonderful exposé of strings.
A very enjoyable listen, definitely will feature as one of my favourite '06 releases.
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks [mp3] [buy] [MV]
Peter Bjorn & John - Amsterdam [mp3]
Peter Bjorn & John - Start To Melt [mp3]