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Foreword / Tove Lo at Terminal 5

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David Burke, Contributing Writer, Foreword / Afterword, October 21,2015

Great news this week, boys and girls: Tove Lo is playing Terminal 5 on Wednesday, October 21. If you’ve listened to pop music in the last two years, then you’ve listened to Tove Lo. The Swedish pop artist is a rising star with a particularly honest brand of songwriting and a broad range of early exposure. In the last year, Tove Lo has seen tremendous success, thanks largely to her 2013 EP Truth Serum’s single, Stay High and the release of her 2014 LP Queen of the Clouds. A prolific songwriter and collaborator, Tove Lo has also appeared on Alesso’s Heros (We Could Be), written for Ellie Goulding and Hillary Duff, and is featured on Adam Lambert’s forthcoming album, The Original High.

Tove Lo’s debut sex and love themed self-exploration record, Queen of the Clouds is hella honest and it sounds great. It’s self-indulgent and self-destructive, but it’s also lonely and looking. It’s the perfect portrayal of the conundrum of youth in the modern condition delivered in a very desirable package. Tove Lo’s vernacular and conceptual elements are in vogue, and, coupled with her raw and sexy image and the lovely and sultry yelp-and-whine at the top end of her alto range, Tove Lo is magnetic. She’s hot, she’s troubled, and she’s got her pop game on point. There’s nothing not to like.

As an appetizer, listen to My Gun, a coy but kindred spirit to Sia’s Elastic Heart in its examination of individual toughness and self-indulgence. “Do you think I’m easy?” She teases, “Boy if you’re gonna shoot me down, do it gently. I’m not easy. But go ahead and touch me now, do it gently. Do it gently.” Yes, please. Later on Talking Body, she races the ephemeral energy of attraction, chasing love through sex: “day-drunk into the night, wanna keep you here, cause you drown my tears. Yeah, summer lovin’ and fights, how it us for us, and it’s all because…. Now if we’re talking body, you’ve got a perfect one, so put it on me, swear it won’t take you long, if you love me right, we f*ck for life.” It’s that candor and that taunting embrace that I love so much. On Moments, Tove Lo sums up her appeal to me in a tight and shameless self-assessment: “I can get a little drunk, I get into all the don’ts but on good days I am charming as f*ck.” She’s great. She’s honest. She’s worth your time. That’s the word this week, boys and girls, there or square.

David Burke

Contributing Writer

Foreword / Afterword

October 21, 2015


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