Last month we heard “Constant Reaction,” a track from Peter Bjorn And John frontman Peter Morén’s new solo release Broken Swenglish, Vol. 1, for which he translated songs originally sung in Swedish into English. Today Morén released another song from the project in the form of a video for “Say My Name.” Moren explained the video’s genesis in an email to Soundcheck:
Me and my friend Tomas Nordmark from Fanatic did this video in exactly one hour. It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that. I’m lying a little ’cause I’m not sure how many hours he spent editing. But the shooting took an hour. We went up the little ski slope that is situated close to my apartment in the southern suburbs of Stockholm just by a nature reservation park.
It’s called Hammarbybacken and got a great view. This was last fall before the snow made its grand entrance but it was still pretty damn cold. At least if you’re wearing a really thin summer suit with a t-shirt as I had set up my mind to do. But we thought it would look good with the scenery in B&W. I think it did. The only script idea was walking up the slope and walking down again. It suits the desolate mood of the track I think. Sort of desperate but calm all at once!
Soundcheck also notes that “Say My Name” was originally written in English and translated into Swedish for the original recording, then translated back to English from Swedish for this version. Watch the video below.
Broken Swenglish, Vol. 1 is out now via INGRID. A second volume is due this spring.