Scan Magazine, Issue 139, February 2022

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Scandinavian music Four of the Nordic nations have put forth some of their brightest music talents to export some blockbuster pop around the rest of the world this month. In Denmark, MØ has just released her latest album, Motordrome, and from it, a brand-new single and video, New Moon. The song is one of MØ’s more mainstream moments, the kind of which she likes to dip into now and again, knowing full well that she can leave us all in awe at it. New Moon is seemingly on a mission to soundtrack the next couple of months, even activating the trick of some heavy post-chorus repetition to hook us in and keep us there. Swedish pop superstar Tove Lo is back with her first release in quite a while. HBO’s TV series Euphoria has deemed a new track of hers as being an essential part of its soundtrack, released at the end

By Karl Batterbee

of Feburary. In the song How Long, we get to hear Tove dabbling in what is many people’s favourite direction of hers – that dark electronica side she does so well. It also features one of her punchier choruses. Icelandic pop powerhouse BRÍET is back too with her first new release since 2020 – something of a comeback single, Cold Feet. It’s a sonically sparse heart-breaker of a ballad on which she bares her soul, with little to hide behind. The atmospheric number takes over a minute and a half to ‘get going’ in the production stakes, which makes for a captivating kind of listen. The experience of hearing the song is enhanced beautifully by the accompanying music video, showcasing a severe yet serene Icelandic landscape. Finally, Norway’s very own Sigrid has paired up with British artist Griff for a collaboration, Head On Fire. It’s premium pop, this.

Listening to it, one can tell that as it was being composed, it was decided pretty early on in the process to pull out all the stops and make it hit as hard as possible. It sounds tailor-made for radio: be it in the UK, Norway or beyond. Web: www.scandipop.co.uk

Existentialist, survivalist panic

By Gabi Froden

I used to start the day by reading some of the news headlines on my phone. As an adult, it’s what you do, right?

the state of the world and I’d realise that if I moved to the countryside to be allergic, I would also be much more isolated.

And then I stopped, because it always made me into the cliché of the century. I would storm out into the kitchen and shout at my husband: ‘We need to get out. Now is the time. Buy a farm, learn to grow stuff, get some cows and sheep!’ Husband would pause and calmly say: ‘But you are allergic. And I like it here.’ Me, frustrated: ‘Never mind that! Viruses, empty shelves in the supermarket, violence, greed!’ And then to finish on a high: ‘Is that what you want for our children?’ Husband would shrug, wise to my panicky manipulative skills by now.

If you are a survivalist, you must really love life as you would be the only one left eating mushrooms in your tiny self-built hut when the rest of society has fallen. I don’t think I love life that much. But I do love people. Yes, that is what I want for my children – people.

Then I’d rush the kids to school, jackets open, hats stuffed in pockets, bags hanging on elbows, my heart beating fast. Is today the day society collapses? Will I have time 94 |

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to pick up the kids? Do we have enough petrol to get away? Where would we go? And then I’d run into my neighbours, who’d smile at me and ask how things are and we’d have a quick chat before continuing up to school. There, I’d meet other parents who’d wave at me and make jokes about

Gabi Froden is a Swedish illustrator and writer, living in Glasgow with her husband and two children. Her children’s and YA books are published in Sweden by Bonnier Carlsen and Natur&Kultur. www.gabifroden.com