Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is by Peter Bjorn and John and is found on their 2007 release Let’s Call It Off on Almost Gold:
Peter Bjorn and John – Let’s Call It Off (MP3)
Peter Bjorn and John are really the Swedish trio of Peter MorÃ©n on vocals, guitar, and harmonica; BjÃ¶rn Yttling on vocals, bass and keyboards; and John Eriksson on drums, percussion, and vocals. And if you haven’t heard the Swedish band’s song “Young Folks” by now, you really have been living under a rock. The whistled opening bars of that song have been known to send crowds into spontaneous ecstasy. While many reviewers praise the band of their “finely crafted pop songs,” and rightly so, it’s really the fans who have been making the most noise, often calling the album life-changing. Expect Writer’s Block to top KEXP’s year end list.
For another take on “Let’s Call It Off,” check out this excellent Girl Talk remix, hosted by Who Needs Radio:
Peter Bjorn and John – Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix) (MP3)
And since we’ve already presented several Peter Bjorn and John videos on the blog, instead of giving you another one like this or this, we bring you this brief discussion with Peter on The DL regarding whether or not he samples his whistle: