Jónsi and Robyn have shared a dizzying blast of future pop, “Salt Licorice,” set to appear on the Sigur Rós frontman’s next solo album, Shiver, out October 2nd on Krunk.
“Salt Licorice” was produced by Avant-pop favorite A.G. Cook, who takes a grinding industrial intro and shapes it into a jagged, propulsive but always engrossing pop stomp. Robyn and Jónsi split vocal duties, coming together on the track’s hook, “You spread your wings, T-shirt, shoulder blades/Your skinny waist is making me throw up/Ooh my Scandinavian pain.”
“’Salt Licorice’ is such a cute and perfect pop song,” Robyn said in a statement. “It makes me want to dance violently and make out at the same time. It was a no-brainer to say yes to singing it with Jónsi. The pretty emails I get with a thousand emojis in them from him is a bonus that came with our collaboration as well!”
“Salt Licorice” arrives with a video that Jónsi directed with Rene van Pannevis. The eye-popping visual boasts a bubblegum pink palette and is filled with a mix of surreal and sweet sequences to match the song, from Jónsi shaving his head, to having his face covered in some kind of goop, to a small group of dancers (including Dominique McDougal and Albert Trujillo) moving ecstatically to the song.