Tuesday, May 22, 2007

"Young Folks" (Single) - Peter Bjorn and John - Almost Gold (2007)

I have yet to hear the full album from this 3 piece outfit based in Stockholm, Sweden; however I cannot get enough of the lead single "Young Folks" off their new album entitled "Writer's Block". This breezy, catchy song (also referred to as the "Whistle Song" by certain hipsters; not to be confused with the Ying Yang Twins' slimy crunk anthem "Whisper Song") is as infectious a summer single as there is. Although this album was released on North American shores in February 2007; so far this is the quintessential summer tune right now.

The song kicks off with some simple whistling which combines with some steady 60's influenced drumming and wistful lyrics sung by a young man hoping that a young girl that he likes, likes someone like him. Sound simple enough? Well it is. There is no need to look further into the lyrics. Just sit back, relax and doze off daydreaming about that special someone you have your eye on. Who knows, maybe that person is looking for someone just like you!

The song structure and melody bring to mind the lazy, hazy days of summer during the 60's when everyone from the Mamas and the Papas and Simon and Garfunkel were ruling the airwaves while war raged on in other parts of the world. Something so simple as a basic pop song with a great melody can make someone forget about all of their troubles and enjoy a few minutes of pure musical bliss.

Unfortunately, there are still problems all across the globe, in our cities, towns and our own backyards. Thankfully, simple throwback pop music like "Young Folks" is just the type of song we need to make us forget about everything else going on around us and allow us a haven to retreat to ponder other important things that require our immediate attention....like whether or not that person that we long for would want to be with someone like ourself.

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