How often do we stop to consider the personal character of people who wear blue jeans? Do we make assumptions about their blue-collar natures, their fashion sense or do we even bother with a second thought? Most people probably fall into the latter category, but not Swedish songwriter-producer Christoffer Ling -- who records under the alias of Pikes. On his latest single, aptly titled “Jeans,” he expresses admiration for the fabric and its ability to mold its wearer’s attitude.
“It is a song of praise for the material jeans and especially pants,” Ling explains. “I think it's really cool and never end up being surprised at how nice people get when they wear jeans."
Doused in syrupy synths, harmonized vocals and prog-y pop machinations, the track’s musical elasticity and innovative arrangements might have been overshadowed by its lighthearted lyricism if not for Ling’s attention to detail and the unbelievable way in which he is able to draw honest emotion from such a curious topic. Through the song he delves into influences from artists such as Peter Gabriel, Bon Iver and Kate Bush, creating an art-pop wonder that just so happens to be about blue jeans.
And while there’s no mistaking the ‘80s pop sheen here, with the music owing as much to the mainstream synth-pop of that decade as it does to the more opaque and atmospheric electronics of modern artists, it effortlessly blends a wild range of sounds from various musical lineages into a coherent rhythmic perspective.
You might also be aware of his work if you’ve seen the indie film, “Kung Fury,” as he wrote music for its soundtrack.