From left, Peter Moren, Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson are coming to the Bay Area promote their new album “Breakin’ Point.” (Courtesy Johan Bergmark)

From left, Peter Moren, Bjorn Yttling and John Eriksson are coming to the Bay Area promote their new album “Breakin’ Point.” (Courtesy Johan Bergmark)

Peter Bjorn and John reach ‘Breakin’ Point’

Stockholm studio wizard Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John renown is proud of his expanding list of production credits, including Lykke Li, Franz Ferdinand, Primal Scream and Anna Ternheim.

“I’m also working with a girl called Anna Mosten, an up-and-coming Swedish youngster, and then there’s Albin Lee Meldau, who is really great,” he says.

One collaboration gave him pause, though. He agreed to work with irascible rock legend Chrissie Hynde for her 2014 “Stockholm” album, and admits, “I was a bit…I’m not going to say terrified, but, er, cautious.”

Today Yttling, 41, is refusing further assignments. Peter Bjorn and John has a 1960s-jangly new album “Breakin’ Point,” on which it recruited producers Patrik Berger, Paul Epworth, Miike Snow’s Pontus Winnberg and Adele alum Greg Kurstin to polish its pop to an even brighter luster; its world tour for the record hits San Francisco this week.

The no-nonsense Hynde was his toughest test. After meeting in Cleveland, she flew to Sweden, ostensibly to cowrite songs. “I really didn’t want to produce her album, so I said, ‘I’m not really producing much,’” he says. The ruse didn’t work.

“Chrissie found out eventually that I really knew production,” Yttling says, sighing. “So I said, ‘I’ll produce it if you get Neil Young on it,’ thinking she’s never going to get Neil Young on it, so that’s a really safe bet.”

He was wrong. Hynde made one phone call. “She did get Neil Young on it, on one of the tracks, he’s playing guitar all over the place. So I had no choice but to produce her then,” he says.” She’s tough, but we got along really well.”

It helped that Yttling (along with bandmates Peter Moren and John Eriksson, pals The Teddybears and Winnberg) oversees two hometown recording complexes, one of which once housed ABBA’s state-of-the-art Polar Studios. From there, they launched a label/collective dubbed INGRID.

“INGRID rents space out to artists that make films, photographs and websites, plus fashion people –just all our creative friends,” he says. “But basically, we just wanted to make it easier to track music and get that music out.”

Yttling is leery of the chilly pre-fab profile that methodical Swedish hitmakers are getting. That’s not how he works.

Every chiming “Breakin’ Point” confection was carefully considered, like “Dominos,” inspired by Dutch outfit Shocking Blue’s hit “Venus.”

“Because then you listen to Bananarama’s version to see how they did it,” he says. “So we drew from different periods of time, yet this record still sounds very contemporary to me.”

Peter Bjorn and John
Where: Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell St., S.F.
When: 9 p.m. May 6
Tickets: $22 to $24
Contact: (415) 861-2011,

Bjorn YttlingBreakin’ PointChrissie HyndeINGRIDJohn ErikssonNeil YoungPeter Bjorn and JohnPeter MorenPontus WinnbergPop Music

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