Pete Yorn is a busy man. With back-to-back tours that coincide with the release of his latest studio album (Back and Fourth) and the upcoming release of his col-laboration with Scarlett Johansson (Break Up), Yorn has been on the road since May and is currently on his own headlining tour.

For Back and Fourth, Pete handpicked his backing band, including vocalist Orenda Fink (Azure Ray) and guitarist/engineer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley).

“This is a consciously more acoustic record. I think it was created to counterbal-ance some of the other projects that I was working on at the time,” says Yorn.

As to whether or not Yorn has any recording preferences, he’s not too picky.

“It’s not so much the car, it’s the driver. I’ve been able to get interesting sounds out of five dollar microphones, and I’ve seen people get boring sounds out of ex-pensive gear.”

Break Up was the product of Yorn in a cabin fever frenzy.

“I’ve known [Johansson] since she was 17, and an idea came over me one day. I had a break in touring, and I was really restless at home. I was like, ‘What do I do with myself?’” recalls Yorn. “I started to freak out a little bit and thought, ‘I’ve got to do a duets record.’ Like Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg. When I thought of Brigitte, I thought of Scarlett, and I texted her.”

Yorn continues, “She was making a movie at that time, so I only had two after-noons to get everything I needed from her. It turned out good. It’s called Break-Up, but it’s kind of a happy record.”



Back and Fourth is currently available. Break Up will be available Sept. 15. Pete Yorn will perform Aug. 27 & 28 at Henry Fonda Theater. For more information, visit peteyorn.com.