Released October 20 via SONY Music
I’m going to skip the rant about how I really find this entire genre of music (Scandic girl pop with girls in bad clothes with waify voices) derivitave, lazy, and totally un remarkable and just pretend I’m a complete alien to this here “Bikini Daze” E.P. and give it a spin, because I’ve just had a steak and root fruit dinner, cracking the seal on a decent bottle of red in the 40 krone range and I’m feeling friskey.
First track starts off with the classic Phil Spector “Be My Baby” drum beat, albeit updated with a robot. There it kind of goes down hill because I’m focusing on her voice, which barely seems in key and thin and weak with a faint forced vibrato. She’s pulling all the cutey-pie tricks, singing in her best infantile croon. “Never Wanna Know” even contains a speaking section said in a faux American accent professing her undying love (or intent to creepily stalk a boy). I’m gonna Google a picture of her now.
Okay I have a better image in my head now. She’s one of those chicks that has her hair pulled really tight above her head (sometimes in a braid), she poses with cigarettes hanging out of her mouth, and has big eyebrows. I’m NOT judging, I’m just sayin’.
Song 2: “Dark Night”. Stacked beats and synths. I must admit, the production is pretty cool. There is some African guitar kind of thrown in there with that 80’s synth “BOOOOOO…..” thing that used to happen in dance music in the 80’s. I’m sorry..my flatmate just walked in and asked if he could borrow a cup of coffee from my can and asked if I was listening to Oh Land. I very well could be.
“Freedom” is up now. Going for a gospel vibe now, and more really interesting African guitar arpeggios. I wish I knew who that guy is, he seems to really have good taste. It really feels like Mø is pusing her vocal range a bit here. She better lay off the fags (cigarettes..but yeah). Y’know the English have Adelle and Duffy, who sing tortured slow burning retro soul very well and win awards and sing James Bond songs. Denmark has this kind of stuff. Just sayin’. America is America and invented the Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Funk, and Rock n’ Roll. As a musician myself, I believe that everyone who is blessed enough to play music either for fun or professionally has a duty to revere the giants and innovators of our past. Just thought I would throw that in there. “Dark Night” ambled by as well.
“XXX88” is halfway over now. It’s more stacked beats and a minor key with kind of shouting “hey”s in the mix. My mind is wandering a bit now. I know it’s only a 4 song deal here, but already her voice is grating on me harshly.
I’m going to be frank here. This is not my cup of tea, which is why I asked SOA if I could review it. I COULD be typical Bobby and bitch and moan and plead with everyone to please listen to Kate Bush, Laurie Anderson instead of wasting your time with yet another Danish pop princess with a pony tail and retro 80’s beats. BUT I’m just going to lay it out and be a good little Critic. The songs are well constructed, well sequenced, and all bring her personality to the fore. Ronni Vindahl and Diplo deserves a pat on the shoulder as well as the musicians playing here, I totally dig mixing 80’s pop with African guitar and modern beats. I also totally dig Tune Yards, Jenny Wilson, Lykke Li (sometimes) and Little Dragon. I’ll stick with those guys. MØ, If you are reading I sincerely believe you have a bright future ahead of you, and it’s good to see such a young woman with talent doing decent credible music, but we can only learn from life and positive critique. I’ll be listening.