Sweden’s favourite indie-pop trio Peter Bjorn and John follow up the release of their cautiously optimistic and utterly catch new single ‘On the Brink’ with the release of the song’s video, directed by Henry Moore Sedler.
Peter Bjorn and John kicked-off their 20th year together with the release of the fourth song from the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Endless Dream’ which is out March 13th, 2020 and is their 9th full-length studio album. It follows on from previous singles ‘Idiosyncrasy,’ ‘Reason To Be Reasonable,’ and ‘Rusty Nail’.
Speaking about the video Peter says, “I used to be a scout as a kid. I was a very unpractical kid though and still am. Hopefully, I was a decent friend which is part of the scout honour. I never nurtured any dreams of becoming a scout leader but still felt quite comfortable when Henry the director assigned me the role for this group of new videos where different stories intertwine in the ”great indoors” built up in a warehouse. If there is a song on the Endless Dream album that suits marching and campfire singing its definitively ”On The Brink”. So how fitting that this is the video where me and my little group of scouts are the main focus. It’s a condensed fantasy day where I lead them out on an excursion and back to the camp site for a simple hot dog supper. Lovely stuff! Thanks to the kids for being such great sports not least the little drummer boy! The title and spirit of the song, the artwork of the upcoming album and these small vignettes and adventures in the videos all correlate perfectly I have to say. Sometimes you luck out don’t you! You almost think we had some sort of conceptual notion”
“In line with most of the other songs on ‘Endless Dream,’ ‘On The Brink’ has a cautious positive philosophical outlook on life and the shortcomings of being. It looks onwards with a grain of hope and confidence. It wonders what’s really important when everything comes to a head and the mind is bogged with how extremely tiny we all are compared to the vastness of the universe.” Commented Peter when asked about the song, adding “This dramatic triple time track has a lot in common musically and emotionally with PBJ’s epic indie-classic “Objects Of My Affection” from the Writer’s Block album. With rolling tom-toms, mandolin, 12-stringed guitar and singalong sea shanty chorus it might even be its older and slightly wiser folk rock cousin or sibling.”
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As with the three previous singles, the accompanying artwork for ‘On The Brink’ was created by ‘Writer’s Block’ illustrator Graham Samuels. The sonic and the visual tie to their earlier releases is no mistake, as the band has been talking about their path back to a simpler time following the release of 2016’s ‘Break-in’ Point LP – an album that almost signaled the end. 2018’s ‘Darker Days LP’ was the first step and with ‘Endless Dream’ these three seasoned songwriters, musicians, producers brought their two decades of experience into the studio.
Peter captured the band’s wold-weary yet hopeful view in ‘On The Brink,’ adding “Maybe to live in the present with abandon and dare to dream (even endless hopeless dreams), gaze at the world with a wider and more allowing perspective, and not judge too hard and understand the importance of forgiveness.”
Peter Bjorn and John commence a North American headline tour on March 23rd in LA. ‘On The Brink’ is out today and ‘Endless Dream’ is out March 13th via INGRID. For the most up-to-date information check www.peterbjornandjohn.com