The Roxette Gazette

Per Gessle in duet with Molly Hammar

Press releasePer Gessle

Note: This has been translated from the original Swedish.

“Beredd” is the first taste of Per Gessle’s upcoming album “Sällskapssjuk” – his first new material in Swedish in seven years. The album was recorded in Halmstad and is mostly made up of duets with a number of brilliant singers and artists.

– “Somehow it seems to be my destiny ever since Marie Fredriksson and I started working together in Roxette – my songs always get that little bit better when another strong personality comes into the picture and adds their unique thing,” Per smiles.

On “Beredd” it is Molly Hammar and Per who share the microphone – in a way that makes the author easily lyrical.

– “Molly is one of my absolute favourite singers. She has that magical power that makes you can’t stop listening to her. I’m so proud that she wanted to join us.”

– “When Per called and asked if I wanted to do ‘Beredd’ with him, I felt very honoured and it was a no-brainer for me to do it. It’s a cross-generational song in many ways as I relate to it on many levels as I think others will, and when Per Gessle calls there is no other answer than yes.”

The recording went almost unashamedly smoothly. Molly came down to the Sweetspot studio in Harplinge outside Halmstad, took a microphone, sat down on a sofa and tested a little.

– “After the second take, it was ready – as obvious as can be,” says Per.

“Sällskapssjuk” is a very exciting album and project for me. It’s a wonderful challenge both as a songwriter and producer to try to put together the puzzle of different voices and talents. The Molly song is the first one. Then there will be more.