Tove Lo // Rising 2014

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There’s something about Scandinavia. Beneath the shiny veneer of perfect smiles and sensible infrastructure, there’s a certain melancholy that seems to plague the natives. Perhaps it’s those long winters that swallow up daylight and threaten to plunge even the cheeriest into a desperate pit of seasonal depression, but whatever it is has a lot to answer for – not least the phenomenon of Stockholm’s booming pop scene, one which has grown in recent years into a veritable, ahem, smörgåsbord of talent.

“I eat my dinner in my bathtub/then I go to sex clubs/watching freaky people gettin’ it on,” were the first words uttered by Tove Nilsson on her breakthrough ‘Habits’, an anthem for the drinking-oneself-into-oblivion stage of a failed relationship. Coupled with last year’s ‘Love Ballad’, we witnessed one hell of a promising introduction; confident in its Withnail & I-levels of bleak lyrical humour, backed by dark synths and crisp beats, delivered with a voice of such power that so many of her fellow patriots seem to share. In her most recent offering, ‘Out Of Mind’, any suggestion that Tove Lo lacked the substance required to propel her into the big leagues was entirely banished.

It’ll come as little surprise to fans of Robyn, Niki and the Dove and, particularly, recent blog-favourite Faye that Tove Lo shares their city, for this blend of smart, melodic, atmospheric and sorrowful brilliance has become synonymous with the Swedish capital – and in 2014, Tove Lo is on course to become the latest representative of what’s arguably the most important country in pop music today.

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FILE NEXT TO: Icona Pop, Robyn

ONLINE: @iamtovelo

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