This February when we first introduced Sweden’s Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo aka Icona Pop we concluded that their music made us want to do just one thing and that was have sex. This is because fundamentally amazing pop music is sexy. We've commented on it before but like all important things it's worth saying again; the pop single is the ultimate f*ck buddy, grinding itself up against you, wanting you to give it as much attention as possible before discarding it for something longer lasting – the dreaded album. There are very few pop artists that make the transition from great singles to even better albums. Pop is usually too eager to jump into bed and pump away that it forgets the subtleties that make up the delicate chemistry of the high quality long player. Of course there are some that do make it - and it does depend how we define pop - but we’d present Happiness by Hurts, Body Talk by Robyn and Lights by Ellie Goulding as pop albums that have tickled our fancy in the last year or so, each remaining works that we haven’t kicked out of our musical bed yet.
It’s far too early to say what will happen with Icona Pop. By now we feel like we’ve got naked with the band and got the messy stuff out of the way. Now we’re waiting for the second and third dates and we’ll see how they go.
Today Icona Pop released the video for Manners, a song that featured in our original February blog post. Watch it as if it was musical pornography, but don’t feel the guilt.