January 31, 2007

Imminent Explosions: Peter Bjorn and John

In this new series on AtD, we will explore up-and-coming artists who are ready for their day in the sun. It should be carefully noted that when we talk about an "imminent explosion" we don't necessarily mean that in terms of record sales or mainstream success. Instead, the explosive part is more about highlighting those artists who are ready to make a significant impact on their particular scene or on a new scene altogether. It's similar to our "Slanted Spotlight" feature, except here we're specifically dealing with the potential next big thing (as opposed to simply highlighting those acts missed along the way).

Swedish pop trio Peter Bjorn and John recently made an appearance on January 29th's Late Night with Conan O'Brien with current single "Young Folks," which can also be heard on MTV2's Subterranean. The delicate, light, whistling pop track fills it's airy spaces with the vocal massages of The Concrete's Victoria Bergsman, sounding at once polite and eerie.

Check out the comic-themed video here and a few other tracks on their MySpace. Their latest album, "Writer's Block," will be released February 6 in the U.S. Assuredly a piece of work of which NME has said, "every new band should be automatically issued with this album," has got to have something special going on. And that's not all, the record is garnering critical acclaim from all over the place. Plus, how can a band whose initials are PB & J be bad?

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