Back before Robyn became the ultimate hipster pop icon, she was part of the Swedish hit-making system that took over mainstream pop radio in the late 1990s. In the Body Talk era, when critics began rhapsodizing about this Scandinavian sensation who kept delivering artful synth-pop bangers, I was like, Robyn? As in, “Show Me Love” … More »
When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »
A decade is an arbitrary measurement. They seem confined, these neat little symmetrical 10-year runs, but it’s only in hindsight that we define them, that their signifiers and trends and shorthand become codified. In reality, there are bleeds, the timbre and events of one chunk of time sliding over the border into another. If you’re … More »
Last year, after way too many years away, Swedish pop overlord Robyn reemerged with her excellent comeback album Honey. The album’s strangest track may have been “Beach 2K20,” a deadpan house banger that is literally just about partying on the beach. Right now, Robyn is in the midst of a tremendous arena lap, … More »
In support of last year’s grand comeback album Honey — one of the best LPs of 2018 — the Swedish synth-pop auteur Robyn has been touring North America in little spurts this year, performing just a few shows at a time. Some of the Stereogum staff saw her at New York’s … More »
Over the course of its three days, Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 had a good amount of variety. Though fans of heavier music or more experimental electronic artists might’ve been out of luck, the lineup otherwise was a good balance offering up something for everyone, and not just in terms of genre. You had legacy alternative … More »
Right now, Robyn is in the midst of a big North American arena tour; later this weekend, she’ll headline the final night of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. And last night, she got a chance to show why she belongs in arenas and at the top of festival bills. Robyn was the musical guest … More »
Each July, the festival NOS Alive takes over a stretch of land just off the water in Lisbon. If your Instagram feed is anything like mine, it might feel like literally everyone you know has been to Portugal in the past couple years. And while visitors from America and the UK might’ve recently figured out … More »
So…. You Think You Like Pop Music?
Scandinavia stays churning out delectable pop music, so you KNOW this Robyn (of Sweden) joint pops off. Cue it up and watch the magic pan out before your eyes & ears.
It’s got like 200,000 views as I’m typing this, but I’m sure once you see this video and hear the song, you alone will make it do numbers. Or maybe add, like, three more views or something. But who’s counting? [Editor’s note: the count is currently 439,799]
It’s CATCHY it’s POPPY it’s EVERYTHING YOU WANT out of music in 2019. I think. Not much else to say. Hit that play button.
Closing track “Ever Again” may be the best song on Robyn’s glorious 2018 comeback album Honey — one of our very favorite albums of last year — and today it gets a music video. Robyn worked with with director Colin Solal Cardo and choreographer Maria “Decida” Wahlberg on the video, which … More »