Swedish trio Peter Bj√∂rn and John have created a musical universe that is constantly evolving. However, they‚Äôve managed to retain their unique charm that made them press darlings a decade ago with ‚ÄúYoung Folks‚ÄĚ. What many didn‚Äôt realize is that that hit‚Äôs parent album, Writer‚Äôs Block, was the trio‚Äôs third in a career that has seen them stretch the boundaries of Pop music. While Top 40 radio‚Äôs Pop guidelines are pretty rigid, Peter Mor√©n, Bj√∂rn Yttling and John Eriksson treat them like elastic rubber bands, bending and twisting those guidelines into new and exciting aural avenues. They‚Äôve even managed to carve out musical careers outside of PB&J while never lowering the quality control level on the albums they record together. And can you believe they even collaborated with Canadian hip hopster Drake a handful of years before he became a musical sensation?
Breakin‚Äô Point, their first album in five years, finds PB&J offering up a collection of songs that are so instantly lovable that you‚Äôll swear you‚Äôve been in love with them for years. Every track on the album is a potential hit single ‚Äď the melodies leap out and grab hold on the first spin. Their songwriting is based in classic ‚Äė60s, ‚Äė70s and ‚Äė80s Pop/Rock, but the production, arrangements and inventiveness is thoroughly modern if not outright forward-thinking. They‚Äôve sidestepped the experimental moodiness of some of their past albums and embraced their more playful side. This isn‚Äôt an album that tries to revisit their past glories ‚Äď it creates new ones.
Stephen SPAZ Schnee was able to track down band member Peter Mor√©n, who kindly took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about Breakin‚Äô Point, PB&J and more‚Ä¶