Today Swedish supergroup Amason share a new track and a Petter Lennstrand-directed video for “Marry Me Just For Fun,” the second single taken from their forthcoming album, slated for an August release.
Now the band confirms that it will be a double album released in two parts. The first part will be released on August 16 and the second part in the spring of 2020. Amason – comprising the combined talents of acclaimed Swedish musicians Amanda Bergman, Pontus Winnberg, Petter Winnberg, Gustav Ejstes and Nils Törnqvist – released their lauded debut album Sky City in 2015. It garnered worldwide acclaim and received the Swedish Grammis (GRAMMY equivalent) for Album Of The Year.
Watch “Marry Me Just For Fun” here
Director Petter Lennstrand trained with acclaimed Swedish director and puppeteer Michael Meschke at Stockholm’s beloved Marionetteatern puppet theater. Something of a Swedish national treasure, Lennstrand has created a number of popular and critically acclaimed children’s television shows. He’s renowned for his technique of mixing human actors and Muppet-style puppets.
While you might not immediately recognize the names that make up Amason—vocalist Amanda Bergman, guitarist/vocalist Gustav Ejstes, keyboardist Pontus Winnberg, bassist Petter Winnberg, and drummer Nils Törnqvist—you’re almost certainly already familiar with their work.
As one half of the production team Bloodshy & Avant, Pontus wrote and produced for everyone from Madonna to Sky Ferreira and Britney Spears (he won a GRAMMY Award for “Toxic”) and co-founded Miike Snow, the beloved indie pop group that scored a Gold-certified single in the States with their ubiquitous 2009 hit, “Animal.” More recently under his own name, he’s worked with Carly Rae Jepsen and Peter, Bjorn and John amongst others.
Pontus’s brother Petter, meanwhile, launched the popular Swedish band LittleMajorette with Törnqvist, and has since gone on to establish himself as a preeminent composer for film and television. In addition to releasing music under both her own name and the stage name Idiot Wind, Bergman has also collaborated with the likes of The Tallest Man On Earth and Lykke Li, and Ejstes rose to fame with his cult psych-rock project Dungen, which slayed international festival stages from Bonnaroo to Primavera, performed on Conan, and toured with Wolfmother.
Formed around a vibrant Stockholm music scene in 2013, Amason sold out their first Swedish headline tour, landed US festival dates from Austin City Limits to SXSW and took home Album of the Year honors at the Grammis for their Sky City debut – a stunning first offering which included the intoxicating AAA radio favorite “Went To War” and the singles “Duvan,” “Kelly” and “Yellow Moon.”
Tracks from the record racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify alone, and the collection earned ecstatic reviews in both the US and Europe, with NPR raving that the songs “replicate the intimacy and care of a great mixtape” and Uncut praising the music’s “understated classicism.”