Peter Bjorn and John released their whistle-along single â€œYoung Folksâ€ in 2006, gaining the group popularity through the tuneâ€™s infectious indie sound.
The hit was created from the bandâ€™s uniquely passionate style, and on their sixth studio album, â€œGimme Some,â€ that passion merges with 1960s and 1980s influences. The result is an indie-pop-punk soundtrack fine for the longer spring days ahead.
â€œTomorrow Has to Waitâ€ gives the album a thumping kick-start with John Erikssonâ€™s heavy drumming and Peter Morenâ€™s quirky-whiney voice. â€œI donâ€™t think that you are sorry for what you did,â€ he sings back-and-fourth to himself, as the song continues marching loud through its end. Â Â Â Â
â€œDig a Little Deeperâ€ brightens the mood with its island-y slide guitar and bongo-like echoes as the group howls â€œoooh-oh, ooooh-oh!â€ in a Vampire Weekend style. Itâ€™s possible that the same individual who wronged them in the first track is again sung about with the poppy lyrics, â€œYou enjoy the silence when I want to discuss/You like to keep it tidy, I want to mess it up/I donâ€™t want recognition if you donâ€™t recognize me.â€
A lo-fi, 1960s tambourine vibe is added to the third track â€œSecond Chance,â€ and Morens channels a sound similar to that of the Beatlesâ€™ earlier days.
Their influence leaps forward a few years to the 1980s with The Cureâ€™s hit â€œClose To Me.â€ A very similar clappy, dancey beat drives Peter Bjorn and Johnâ€™s song â€œEyes,â€ and the lyrics are focused more on the start of a relationship than the end: â€œDonâ€™t wanna make you interested/I just wanna make you the only one/I donâ€™t wanna ask myself forever/why I didnâ€™t put myself together.â€
But the lyrics shift back to bitterness with the rocking minute-and-a-half garage tune â€œBlack Book.â€ Moren matter-of-factly sings, â€œBefore you break my heart, before you start/Iâ€™m gonna break your arm and concentrationâ€ over Bjorn Yttlingâ€™s heavy 1970s punk influenced bass.
Fans of â€œYoung Folksâ€ wonâ€™t find the songâ€™s same sound on this new album, but if a listener wants to become a fan of Peter Bjorn and John, listening to â€œGimme Moreâ€ will make you one.
Music reviewer Michael Elizabeth Sakas can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.