Yield to Gravity
In an attempt to thwart a 40 years' crisis, Petter Löfström decided to leave his teaching career in 1999. He rented a house on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, brought his guitar and spent a few weeks alone with his songwriting dreams. That was the beginning of what five years later became his debut-CD Livets dörr, an album consisting of nine songs in Swedish, musically influenced mainly by American singer/songwriters of the 70s (Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones). The lyrics were self-reflective, not fearing to face the pain of growing, yet still filled with life-embracing optimism. During the recordings of Livets dörr, Petter met with the talented multi-instrumentalist Thomas Tjärnkvist. That encounter turned out to be a turning-point in Petter's life. Having had no direct intentions of making more music, the meeting with Thomas opened his eyes to new musical possibilities. Inspiration flourished and so did his childhood love for the Beatles. He let himself be inspired by the Fab Four which resulted in the CD Yield To Gravity. But although all songs but two are more or less directly influenced by some song of either John, Paul or George, Thomas Tjärnkvist's production does not aim to make pastisches. Instead his playful and innovative arrangements find their inspiration in a variety of sources, such as Motown, Jeff Lynne, cartoon soundtracks, arena rock, and African folkbeat. The lyrics on Yield To Gravity contain many of the themes from Livets dörr - love, longing, poignancy and optimism. But they also reveal Petter's love for words and poetic curiosity. Though the theme may be serious and always sincere, the handling of it is sometimes done with a humouristic glint in the eye.