Pikes – “All My Friends Are On P3”


“All My Friends Are On P3” is a bursting, yearning pop anthem from Pikes, the project of Swedish artist Christoffer Ling, featured last year with the track “X-Man-Y.” The track’s title-referencing chorus is supported with shimmering synths and soaring vocals, the “what about me?” echoing playing with infectious appeal. “All My Friends Are On P3” rides on a cloud throughout its duration, with its melodic and bright aesthetic.

Ling explains the lyrical meaning and more behind the track, below:

The title says it all. I wanted to be on Swedish national radio (P3) and I sort of felt frustrated that I wasn’t. It also felt like every time I heard a song on the radio It was a friend of mine who either produced, wrote or sang it.So I did what artists do to maintain their sanity. I wrote a song about it as a joke.I imagine a person sitting infront of the radio (which by the way nobody does in 2019) that had the artists playing on the radio as his or her pretend friends. Then I saw the joker on cinema and I realised how creepy that scenario could potentially be.The irony is that I just got on national radio in Sweden and I seriously thought about rewriting this song when I did so.

“All My Friends Are On P3” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of November 2019’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Catchy Indie Pop.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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