Friday, April 17, 2015

Stereogum & INGRID, Volym 2 Present: Peter Bjorn & John - "High Up (Take Me to The Top)"

"We are over the moon to announce the first new original Peter Bjorn and John track to be released since 2011 is premiering TODAY on [Stereogum] - It's EXCLUSIVELY [featured] on INGRID Vol. 2 compilation, taken from our forthcoming album sessions written with Patrick Berger. Take a listen now!!!" Peter Bjorn & John ecstatically wrote in a quick personalized Soundcloud note included along with their comeback single, "High Up (Take Me to The Top)." It's the dreamy Swedish Indie Pop trio's first taste of proper new material released since their last critically-acclaimed four-year-old, and one of my personal favorite albums, Gimme Some; while seemingly remaining absent from the spotlight all together, Peter Bjorn & John actually spent the better part of 2012 diligently upstarting their own home-grown label collective, INGRID along with fellow Swedish hit-makers Lykke Li, members of Miike Snow, Teddybears founder Joakim Ã…hlund, Coco Morier, Tomas Nordmark, Jonas Torvestig, and manager Niklas Hallberg.

"The song itself is based around a series of loops – a few layers of grooving percussion, occasional feedback, toy piano flourishes, and LCD Soundsystem-esque bass squelches under the hook," Rolling Stone described with their accompanying "High Up (Take Me to The Top)" write-up; a bold genre-blending track which I would almost liken to "Young Folks" cohort Kanye West or their staggering Mick Boogie-assisted 2009 beat-laden Re-Living Thing remix album. Although Peter Bjorn & John's surprise comeback single would appear to stem from the sessions recorded for their long-rumored PBJ7 album, it's currently available within their limited edition Record Store Day exclusive 2xLP INGRID Volym 2, which will become available in small quantities in participating record stores nation-wide come day-break. Happy crate-diggin', my friends and please, go support your local record store... or IMMEDIATELY alert your parents or grandparents, if you're not exactly sure what a "record" is (tisk tisk)!

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