After netting a record contract with Columbia
, Yorn returned to the studio and co-produced his debut album, 2001's Musicforthemorningafter, with Brad Wood and R. Walt Vincent. He also played the bulk of the instruments himself. Yorn supported the album by touring for 18 months, enabling Musicforthemorningafter to go gold by April 2002. The following spring, he returned with the earnest Day I Forgot, which featured several contributions from R.E.M.
's Peter Buck (who had previously made a cameo on the single version of "Strange Condition"). A year later, Yorn issued his first live album, Live from New Jersey, a double-disc set that captured his late October performance at the Community Theater in Morristown, New Jersey.
For his third studio LP, Yorn enlisted collaborators such as the Foo Fighters
' Dave Grohl
and the Dixie Chicks
' Martie Maguire and Natalie Maines
to shape the sound of Nightcrawler. Produced by Butch Walker
, the album arrived in August 2006 and replaced Yorn's folky leanings with a more rock-oriented foundation. Another noted producer, Bright Eyes
alum Mike Mogis, was enlisted to helm Pete Yorn's next record. The resulting Back and Fourth was recorded in Omaha, Nebraska, and released in 2009, prefaced by the lead single "Don't Wanna Cry." Yorn returned later that year with another album, this one recorded alongside actress/vocalist Scarlett Johansson
and inspired by the famed duets of Serge Gainsbourg
and Brigitte Bardot
. Although the project was finished several years prior, Break Up didn't see the light of day until September 2009, after several of Yorn's friends urged him to issue the material; the album went to 41 on the Billboard charts. In 2010, Yorn released his self-titled fifth studio solo album featuring production from the Pixies
' Frank Black
; the record peaked at 66.
Yorn's next project was the Olms
, a band he formed in 2011 with J.D. King
. During 2012, the band recorded the album that became their eponymous 2013 debut. Released that summer, the album peaked at four on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. The Olms
claimed another album was in the works -- indeed, they released an EP of live material in the fall of 2013 -- but Yorn first returned to his solo career. He signed to Capitol
in 2015 and reunited with R. Walt Vincent -- the producer of Musicforthemorningafter -- for 2016's Arranging Time. ~ Andrew Leahey & Kerry L. Smith, Rovi