Origins is a recurring new music feature in which bands provide an inside look at the inspiration behind their latest song. Today, Peter Bjorn and John explain their “Idiosyncrasy”.
Entering their 20th year, Peter, Bjorn and John are more confident as a band than ever before. On their forthcoming ninth studio album, Endless Dream, they’re embracing and celebrating their lasting chemistry, a uniquely enduring collaborative relationship that continues to produce engaging indie pop tunes. We’ve heard it on “Rusty Nail” and “Reason to Be Reasonable”, and now the Swedish trio is highlighting their distinct point of view on the new single “Idiosyncrasy”.
With a bass line plucked from a smokey blues bar, “Idiosyncrasy” saunters on a relatively minimalist composition. It’s a cooly confident tune that isn’t afraid to be precisely what it is, a reflection of the lyrical themes. “I stab a hole in the everyday/ With the needle from a haystack,” sings the band’s John Eriksson. “Step aside my borderline.”
The track comes accompanied by a single-take video that sees Eriksson as the sort of eccentric outsider you’d only acknowledge internally if you passed them on the street. Watch the Henry Moore Selder-directed clip below.
For more on Peter Bjorn and John’s “Idiosyncrasy”, Eriksson has broken down the song’s Origins.
While writing the songs for the upcoming PB&J-album, I was really into blues from the ’20s/’30s. I wanted this track to have the transcendental atmosphere and the simpleness of an old delta-blues recording. “Idiosyncrasy” is a little bit inspired by the original Skip James recording of the song “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues”. While “Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues” is about someone at the bottom, “Idiosyncrasy” is about a well educated cultural man at the top, high on himself.
Peter Bjorn and John share Origins of new single “Idiosyncrasy”: Stream