Permer is singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Martin Permer, who, along with his solo career, is also half of the Swedish club pop duo Waltz for Debbie and an in-demand producer and session musician. Putting aside his early ambition to become a novelist, Permer became a working musician while attending university in the small college town of Lund, Sweden, where a course in music production techniques inspired a love of the studio. Upon meeting aspiring journalist Annika Lundback, the two formed Waltz for Debbie (named for the Bill Evans standard) in 1996. After two Scandinavian releases, 1997's You and I and Brett and Alice and 2000's He Loves Anna (the best tracks from the two were combined for the U.S. album Gone and Out in 2001), the duo split up geographically, but not musically, with Lundback moving to Stockholm to start a career in political journalism and Permer moving to the center of Sweden's indie music scene in Malmo. While Waltz for Debbie continued collaborating long distance and Permer released his first solo album, Summerdays Attract the Pain, in August 2002.