Swedish electro pop outfit Icona Pop makes happy music. Several months ago, I stumbled across their song “Manners” on the blogosphere and was immediately lifted to maximum satisfaction. The sound is thick and the chorus infectious. My infatuation with this group was easy to fall into after the latest production of great music produced by Sweden. Bands like jj, The Knife, Lykke Li, The Radio Dept. and Shout Out Louds have all contributed to the growth of Swedish indie pop and made it easier for bands like Icona Pop to be accepted globally.
The spirits of summer ignited as new Icona Pop single “I Love It” came crashing through the speakers of my Jeep Wrangler during a spin on Sirius XMU. A dreary drive home was transformed into a summer time escape. Icona Pop uses a thumping bass drum to build momentum before smothering the beat with their contagious lyrics. As I stay glued to this track I wait anxiously for more opportunities for the Swedish music scene to add to its growing resumé. Icona Pop is currently in the studio recording their debut LP with an as-yet-to-be-determined release date. Those struck with electro pop anticipation can dig back on their EP Nights Like This. A Swedish sample that intends to sooth.
Written by Brett McGrath