The best way to enjoy music
You're releasing your music on LP as well as CD, and it's available on streaming services such as Spotify as well. As a musician, what are your thoughts on the digital evolution?
"I'm very old-school when it comes to listening to music. I use streaming a lot, especially when travelling. I enjoy making playlists, and Spotify is good when you're working/recording as a reference bank and for finding out about new music.
But when I'm at home, I almost exclusively listen to records, vinyl or CD. I love the whole package you get with an album, the feel of it, the cover and the idea the artist has about the tracklist and presentation. And it sounds better of course. So I still think it's the best way to enjoy music. Unless it's live."
Your solo album from 2008, The Last Tycoon, is in English, while your 2010 album, I Spåren Av Tåren and the new album, Pyramiden, is sung in your native language, Swedish. How come these shifts between different languages?
"The shift came by as a happy accident. I was playing around with a Swedish idea for a song and struck inspirational gold. I now regard Swedish as my main musical language.
It makes me feel much more liberated to sing about what I want with words that I want to use, since I know the language so much better than English. In this sense, I can be more respectless and play around with it," Peter says.
"I can sing about stuff like politics, history and Swedish culture in a way I never could in English. But I might still do another English solo album as well since most of my audience is outside of Sweden. But I have felt pressure to deliver English lyrics as good as the Swedish, a need to be original and I'm more critical of myself.
So maybe the way to go in the future is to write in Swedish first and then translate to get more honest or playful lyrics. I don't think Swedish is a stiff language to sing in. I think it's pretty sexy in fact. At least, it's closer to the bone, so it should be sexier," Peter says with a laugh.