Peter Bjorn and John are the Swedish indie pop/rock band self-named after the members first names, Peter Morén, Björn Yttling and John Eriksson. Amongst fellow Swedish musicians such as Lykke Li and Miike Snow, the trio launched the artist collective and record label INGRID in 2012 through which they now release their new record. Still commonly known for their 2006 release, Young Folks which accumulated over 120m streams online - the bands most recent release, Darker Days, draws on the liberalism of this track with an affluent set of hooky and never forgotten melodies.

Darker Days was birthed at Stockholm’s Atlantis Studio, where the band began their creative process, with a starting central theme of darkness that's seeped into its many characterised personalities. For Peter, it's tackling what's happening in the world right now, Bjorn delves into relationship issues, and John, the most existential, explores the shadows of our own psyche. Opening with 'Longer Nights' a short introductory track that visions a moving organ like synth, the band create an illustration of feathered ambience that sets the listener into 'One For The Team' which was previously released as one of three singles on 21st September - “I don’t want to play this part alone”.

One of my personal favourites on the album 'Every Other Night' was another of three singles released, appropriately placed as the succeeding tracks on the album, with a downward rolling movement of guitar driven release into a high chorus that pushes a solo dance in my bedroom. 'Gut Feeling' begins as a more nonchalant track before a percussion driven movement with hiccups of synth around layered guitar lines.

Following with this release of the three singles came the release of the first ever three in one music video. Allowing the viewer to either choose to watch all three at once or separately as individual music videos, longtime visual collaborator Ted Malmros from the Shout Out Louds created a masterpiece having previously directed videos for his band, First Aid Kit, Kygo and Lykke Li among others.

Tracks like 'Velvet Sky' draw on a more contemporary side to the band with harsh pedal effects and what could be the band describing the darkness surrounding the light as “too many sun-kissed lies under a velvet sky”. The most recent release from the band, “Wrapped Around The Axle” reinforces this more restrictive section of the album with minor tones of instrumentation and lyrical conversation, “Are we getting wrapped around the axle”. “Sick And Tired” develops with moments of worldly percussion and bittersweet like staccato synth lines that contrasts with previous tracks to further compliment the bands versatility.

'Heaven And Hell' is the eight and a half minute concluding track on the album that begins with a repeated melody slowly building around a swirl of instrumentation and emotion to perfectly compliment an end and full circle movement into the organ sound that we are first introduced to in 'Longer Nights'. 'Darker Days' is colourful and playful but Morén’s beautifully ornamented vocal builds stretch through any presumptions of an album of “Young Folks” into a reflection on our demons and counter measures.