LP
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SunYears is a new project from Swedish singer/songwriter Peter Morén of Peter Bjorn and John.

The 10-track album's melodic wisdom immediately feels familiar yet is unexplored territory for Morén, who delivers a collection of tunes that instantly feel timeless. Ranging from wistful folk and Beatles-esque pop to psychedelic guitar jangle and shimmering balladry, the album is a result of nostalgic listening habits and thematically from dreams, most notably the rockabilly-esque track “Last Night I Dreamt I Met Phil & Don,” which takes inspiration from a dream meeting pop legends the Everly Brothers.

For the album, Morén enlisted fellow indie artists Ron Sexsmith, Jess Williamson, Eric Johnson (Fruit Bats, Bonny Light Horseman), and Kathryn Williams, which resulted in multiple duets throughout the album. The closing track “Wake Up,” written with Williams during a songwriting retreat, features Ren Harvieu. “During that trip, we sang a lot together in different groups,” explains Morén, “and it was that spirituality of singing with other people that I want to bring into this record.”

An open-ended name that references both the classic sound of 1950’s Sun Records and the passage of time itself, SunYears has been years in the making with a figurative birth that came during the pandemic. With touring scrapped, Morén rediscovered his love of playing guitar in solitude and the art of collaboration, which he did with a tight-knit group of friends and peers in his hometown of Stockholm. “Those experiences brewed something in me,” he recalls. “Looking at how other people make music, and dipping in and out of other environments, was really inspiring.”
Produced by Peter Morén, Ruben Engzell and Daniel Bengtson, mastered by Magnus Lindberg, and mixed by Niklas Berglöf, all songs on the album were written by Peter Morén except “Wake Up,” which was written by Peter Morén, Kathryn Williams and Ren Harvieu and “Come Fetch My Soul!” by Peter Morén and Jess Williamson.

Released on sea grass blue vinyl.

Tracklisting

  • Come Fetch My Soul!
  • Day To Day Way
  • Two Birds, Mid-Flight
  • Grandad's Song
  • A Dog's Life
  • Slipping Away
  • These Quiet Tunes
  • Last Night I Dreamt That I Met Phil & Don
  • Wordy
  • Wake Up!
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