LADY WOOD POLYDOR, OUT NOW Rising Swede justifies the hype on stunning second.
On her 2014 debut, Queen Of The Clouds, Tove Lo distinguished herself as a charismatic pop star reporting live from the frontlines of the millennial experience. Her lyrical frankness regarding matters of love, sex and drugs was already magnetic, but it’s altogether more captivating on Lady Wood. Whereas, say, Lorde typically sings as an aloof social observer, Tove Lo’s brand of pensive pop captures her personally wrangling with epiphanies, even if it means she has to start philosophising on the dancefloor during WTF Love Is. Considering just how prominent Lo’s personality is in these songs, she’s also surprisingly elusive: on Cool Girl she essentially challenges listeners to decipher if her indifference towards love is sincere or a defence mechanism. This is intelligent pop freighted with emotional complexity. It deserves to be celebrated. GEORGE GARNER
Listen To: Cool Girl | WTF Love Is | Don’t Talk About It
Tove Lo: “intelligent pop freighted with emotional complexity.”