I thought I’d heard the last of Peter, Bjorn and John for awhile after their 2008 limited instrumental release Seaside Rock but they’re back already with a more conventional release titled “Living Thing” due out March 31st… Well conventional in that it has lyrics. I went on to Youtube to check out some of PB&J’s new tunes (Hmm “PB&J” like Peanut Butter and Jelly, I never noticed that) and I got to tell you this definitely not what I expected. Two songs have been released with official music videos and man are they bizarre. The Leadoff single is “Nothing to Worry About” accompanied by an equally bizarre video. Where PB&J have been known in the past for a more mellow Indie style on songs like “Let’s Call it Off” or the popular “Young Folks” (You know that whistling song), these new songs are little harder to classify. Both make use of beats and heavy percussion, but these two songs are far from conventional indie rock.
I’ve listened to each song a handful of times and actually I’m quite intrigued. They’ll assuredly take some getting used to for some fans, but I kind of like this unexpected turn for this Swedish trio. I’ve already got “Nothing to Worry About” stuck in my head and “Lay it Down” is nice and poppy even with it’s strangely vulgar chorus hook. Who knows what the rest of the album will sound like but I’ll keep an open mind and definitely check it out. Either way, I’m glad to see there’s another album for me to check out this spring. There’s already U2’s new album in March, a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ album due out April 13th and some other stuff I’m keeping my eye on.
Here’s the latest from Peter, Bjorn and John
Nothing to Worry About
Lay It Down
While I’m on the subject of music videos and what not, U2 has a new video out for “Get On Your Boots”. It’s a real trip, I’m all bout this song now.