Sounds Like: Scandinavian synth-pop taking the Top 40 on a weekend bender.
For Fans Of: Icona Pop, Sia
Why You Should Pay Attention: Stockholm-based Tove Lo (that's "Too-va Loo") was in "a dark, little hole trying to numb the pain" when "Habits (Stay High)" came pouring out of her. In its corresponding video, the 26-year-old born Tove Nilsson hit bar after bar and "was drunk and on stuff for like three days." A mysterious California production team called Hippie Sabotage liked what they heard in "Habits," and laced more bleary Twin Peaks-y moroseness into an unofficial remix that eventually got the Charlotte Gainsbourg fan's stamp of approval. Now, the remix closes out Lo's debut EP, Truth Serum. It charted on the Billboard Hot 100 (Number 66), Alternative Songs (Number 29), and Hot Rock Songs (Number 9), and the two versions have racked up 17 million YouTube views combined.She recently hit the studio with Adam Lambert, and she'll be opening for Katy Perry in Australia in November and December. If all goes according to plan, Tove Lo's full-length debut on Island Def Jam – featuring production by her Swedish pals the Struts – will be ready at the merch stands.
She Says: "My truth serum is any kind of alcohol. When I'm angry, like if someone gets me really upset, whatever comes into my head, I scream it. Either get me really angry, or get me really drunk."
Hear for Yourself: "Habits (Stay High)" (Hippie Sabotage Remix) is a sadness vs. inebriation tug-of-war. By Reed Fischer