Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Richards, is
Nothing to Worry About by Peter Bjorn & John from the 2009 album Living Thing on Almost Gold Recordings/StarTime International.
While PB&J have given listeners plenty to chew on with last year’s instrumental Seaside Rock and Peter Morén’s The Last Tycoon, Living Things is the natural followup to Writer’s Block we’ve all been waiting for. With similar tempo and cadences as
Nothing to Worry About is exhibit A that this album’s full of some of the most infectious tunes since
Young Folks (for anyone who’s been frozen the last few years, that’s another PB&J track). Thus far, the available tracks show the band leaning in a slightly darker direction, layering their über pop with ice, chunkier melodies and f-bombs. If they’re a sign of what the rest of the album holds, it’ll prove a delightful challenge for fans of Writer’s Block and a welcome wagon for a slew of newbies. The band is slated to be at SXSW, and will perform KEXP’s broadcast there, but otherwise doesn’t start its US tour until April 21st. Chairlift is scheduled to follow them every step of the way. Check out this Golden Filter remix of
Lay It Down (Via Stereogum) and grab the original on the PB&J website. Meanwhile enjoy this video for
Nothing to Worry About: