“Every Day and Night Now” from the forthcoming album Coast and Refuge (out June 22) is a duet with Peter Morén (Peter Bjorn and John).
After a seven-country European tour supporting Jesse Malin, he sat down with Moren in Stockholm and two wrote the song together in a former movie theater-turned-music venue. It’s a radio-friendly earworm that kicks off with finger- picked guitar and then rises to answer a mystical call, with a string quartet in tow. The song was produced by Charles Newman (AM, The Magnetic Fields, The Bones of J.R Jones). The duet had special meaning for Gruen for another reason: he played PB&J’s song “Young Folks” for his eldest daughter every night when she was an infant.