Photo: Rasmus Weng Karlsen
I must be getting soft. If you regularly read our stuff, you know that I give great reviews to punk, psych, metal and indie – and completely destroy urban pop and basically anything that would go on the cover of a magazine that you could find in 7 Eleven. This week however finds me in a strange place – I’m sitting on a tropical island, married as f*ck and actually enjoying a 3 month long summer where I’ve only worn socks for a total of two hours – and most of that time it was because I legally had to by state law. Long unnecessary rant cut short: I’m digging this track hard and I’m scared that I will do something stupid if I hear it one more time.
I’m prejudiced for a reason though against over produced pop. It’s of course designed to make you happy and do stupid shit. For some people though, it’s a lifestyle. If falling in love with someone you are not intending to though is stupid; sign me up – or rather – take me off the list…I’m hitched…you know what I mean though.
I do love this song however – it is basically ‘summer fling’ in a bottle. If you’ve never had a summer fling (or never had a summer because you live in Denmark), A summer fling is when you meet someone on vacay somewhere and kind of just…go for broke and throw yourself into it and pretend you are a forever couple and share milkshakes, throw sand at each other and make out in roller coaster photos for a week – genuinely disgusting behavior to everyone else but you really. Somehow this 80s tinted fun song about Freja’s ‘young heart’ just makes you feel like that. Maybe not if you are sitting on a pile of wet slimy rocks in Aarhus harbor – but yet, love has no bounds right?
The thing that confuses me about this song though, or possibly irks be a bit (you know..my wistful feministic side) is that Freja is 27, and she’s already singing like she’s a flippin’ cougar. Is 27 so old that she has to appeal to her ‘young heart’ to fall in love? What kind of message is this sending to women (or men) that 27 is old and you need to pretend you are younger to do something stupid? I mean 50, or even 30 years ago, if you were 27 and un-wed and childless, you might as well sew your vagina shut and head for a convent – but nowadays….c’mon. I blame over-produced urban pop for this. What have we become? I mean Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) was a 90’s icon for women (and to some a sex symbol) and she was well in her 40s at that time.
Nevertheless – watch out for Freja. If the rest of her album (which is due in October) is this great and catchy – maybe she could change the tide for us all. I predict great things from this 27-year-old young lady. There ain’t nothing wrong with her. Yet.