Tove Styrke 'Kiddo'

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Anybody feeling the 'Kiddo' album?
Definitely album of the year for me so far, but doesn't seem like people are really picking up on it.

Killer melody after killer melody... a bit of a new-pop playground chant + admiration for novelty (bits of Betty Boo in the attitude, right-side-of-novelty vibe too)... not overly fussy or craft-y... some 'smash the patriarchy' lyrics (at times in an awkwardly winning English-as-second language vibe)... hell, the record is so good, I don't even mind her lapsing into a Jamaican patois on "Borderline", and that's usually punishable by hanging (at least).

She also gives good quote:
"Styrke explains (the song) is... “a shocking pink f-ck-you to all the people who think their penis bands are automatically more talented than one twenty-something girl on stage"

Anyway, just found out about the record when Spotify was all like "oh. you listened to Tove Lo. here, have another Tove", and have been listening obsessively for two weeks now. Three quarters of the record is 8/10 level stuff... and there's only one track I skip by. It's a wonderful thing (, baby).

Solid Gold Pop Songs: Snaren, Ego, Borderline, Number One, Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking to You, Decay, Walking a Line, and (the rather good Spotify bonus track) Working Song

Anybody seen her live?
Tried to dip into the first record, but ended up back at 'Kiddo' in a flash. Should I give it more time?

mr.raffles, Saturday, 11 July 2015 03:01 (three years ago) Permalink

I have a preference for her first album at the moment, though that might just be familiarity. They are both terrific.

I've seen her live a couple of times and she is very good. They have only been low-key, stripped down gigs with a couple of dozen people in the audience - I'd assume a proper tour would be more expansive.

I wear my Redditor loathing with pride (ShariVari), Saturday, 11 July 2015 05:32 (three years ago) Permalink

I nearly started a thread on this album myself. It's sometimes strange album: it's so obviously filled with melodic hooks and strong choruses, but it's got so many odd production choices - an acid line here, a bit of dub and reggae there. "Brag" is my favourite because it's got so much bravado for something that sounds so slight, but there's only one song that isn't stuck on repeat in my head.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 07:23 (three years ago) Permalink

Gave a shout out to this on the rolling best of 2015 thread. UK tour dates just announced!

Jeff W, Saturday, 11 July 2015 12:47 (three years ago) Permalink

I wish acts would include Scotland in UK tours. Same as the just - announced Suzanne Sundfør shows.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 13:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Spot on. So many bizarre little touches. There are all of these typically unsubtle flavors like... acid squelches, Fun Boy Three playground melodies, primary color Betty Boo pop house moments (the instrumental bit after the first chorus of 'Snaren' with the organ and gunshots)... but they're all integrated into the overall vibe in a pretty subtle manner. The personality of the album is powerful enough to not be thrown off balance by the plentiful novelty.

The only track I'm NOT playing multiple times/day is "Who's Got News".

mr.raffles, Saturday, 11 July 2015 18:46 (three years ago) Permalink

That's the same one I'm cold on. It sounds like what critics of Lykke Li hear that I'm relieved not to.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 July 2015 20:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the individual sections of Number One are all pretty nice but it feels like it stays in chorus-mode for the whole song which feels pretty strange

ufo, Sunday, 12 July 2015 13:24 (three years ago) Permalink

I think that glistening synth in the background is part of the reason it feels that way, but mostly the fact the song is actually three choruses held together. If it wasn't for the idiosyncratic delivery and lyrics (I can practically see the <3 written on the notepad after "Britney Spears, she's fierce!" couplet) it would be such an obvious attempt at a break-out hit.

I realised today that the album reminds me of the MØ album from last year a lot, but taken a step up.

There's a lot of this album that's really fun to sing along to because the melodies are so strong, but it's actually hard to hit those notes - not because she's a strong voice but because she's got a massive range and works in different registers and makes it sound so effortless. I love the pre-chorus to "Ego" where she just soars upwards over the drums, it is timeless pop songwriting executed perfectly.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 12 July 2015 22:05 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

This is now my favourite album of the year so far.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 09:32 (three years ago) Permalink

yeah more people need to be listening to this record

j. winters (josh), Tuesday, 22 September 2015 17:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Check out her cover of "...Baby One More Time" also.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Easily my fave of the year. Compulsive x 1000.

mr.raffles, Tuesday, 22 September 2015 19:33 (three years ago) Permalink

after a month of listening to nothing but Emotion this was an interesting shift. i've been a huge fan ever since the jukebox covered her years ago and it would've been an interesting shift anyway

i'm split on the massive and unexpected reggae injection, which is usually rmde territory, but the best thing about this album is how it smashes together these minor key and major key melodies. this whole album is really just a lot of unexpected smashing-togethers. Emotion is a really really great album with virtually no surprises; Kiddo i probably like less but it sounds positively experimental in comparison

there's some songs i'll probably never not skip (the three between ego and #1 tbh) but i've already ended up in endless repeat loops of ego and brag (and "Loud" like a year ago). very annoyed working song is spotify-exclusive, i want it on a cd not my dumb radio/phone connector

qualx, Sunday, 27 September 2015 05:23 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i just realized that Tove Stryke's "Even If I'm Loud It Doesn't Mean I'm Talking To You" is a 2015 revision of Tony Basil's "Mickey" in tempo, attitude and subject matter and I really really like it.

a llove spat over a llama-keeper (forksclovetofu), Friday, 23 October 2015 18:07 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

this is still fantastic, could listen to Ego forever

ufo, Thursday, 24 December 2015 12:16 (three years ago) Permalink

Haven't been many songs better than "Ego" this year that's for sure (maybe only one in my books). so perfectly, beautifully constructed; the firework sound effects at the end are an appropriate victory lap

art baengels (monotony), Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:06 (three years ago) Permalink

As far as any kind of rankings go, this is my fourth favorite song of the year.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:12 (three years ago) Permalink

it's certainly top five for me at the very least, I love how effortlessly it flows, her voice in the chorus, the way the synths build at the end, everything

ufo, Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:40 (three years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Ego is in my top five songs of the year too. The whole album is great but that's the one I keep going back to.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 24 December 2015 13:54 (three years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

I still listen to this like it just came out. Def all-time for me.

Trying to not have unrealistic expectations for the next record, whenever that comes!

mr.raffles, Friday, 24 June 2016 13:13 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

wondering what she's up to led us to this from earlier this year:

Bandol soleil for the St. Tropez tan (outdoor_miner), Saturday, 27 August 2016 06:22 (two years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Looking forward to this. I'm hoping that means a new album is coming soon. Both of her albums are so good.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:35 (two years ago) Permalink


boxedjoy, Friday, 28 April 2017 09:08 (two years ago) Permalink


Jeff W, Friday, 28 April 2017 19:33 (two years ago) Permalink

my infatuation for this new single has made me revisit Kiddo and I think it's important to reassert that it is in fact the greatest pop album in many years

boxedjoy, Monday, 1 May 2017 01:11 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Acoustic version of #SayMyName produced by Björn Yttling is out now! 🍒🐻

— Tove Styrke (@tovestyrke) June 16, 2017

groovypanda, Friday, 16 June 2017 08:56 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i really really like "Mistakes", looking forward to whenever the album is out

ufo, Thursday, 14 September 2017 15:02 (one year ago) Permalink

groovypanda, Friday, 15 September 2017 07:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I read somewhere that she was done with albums for a bit and was just planning to release singles, "the way we listen to pop has changed" or something?

Anyway this is great in a weird way and I love how she manages to bring such personality to her songs through her style of singing, those "highs and lows" are so charismatically fun

boxedjoy, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:05 (one year ago) Permalink

'Kiddo' absolutely was the best pop record of the last however many years!
Was totally bummed she cancelled the NY show this month. :/

"Say My Name" was good, but this is a bit more like it.

mr.raffles, Friday, 15 September 2017 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

xp This snippet seems to hint otherwise:

Mistakes is the second single from a new album she’s just cancelled a US tour with Bleachers to finish.

groovypanda, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Great new track, and yes an album is coming.

Jeff W, Friday, 15 September 2017 19:28 (one year ago) Permalink

very thankful for this update!

boxedjoy, Friday, 15 September 2017 22:52 (one year ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Lorde cover

Jeff W, Friday, 15 December 2017 20:26 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

another single:

monotony, Friday, 2 February 2018 00:52 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a good, catchy song, but she sounds less and less distinctive with each new track.

Album is currently called 'Sway' and scheduled for early May:

Jeff W, Friday, 2 February 2018 12:53 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah this is definitely the weakest of the singles so far. looking forward to the album, i still especially love Mistakes

ufo, Friday, 2 February 2018 12:56 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I'm not going to start an ALMA thread (yet) and will just stick this here.

if anyone knows which rolling thread is for Nordic pop, things in the Charli XCX orbit, etc., it should go there too. maybe that's just the pop at this point.

fffv, Friday, 2 March 2018 20:12 (one year ago) Permalink

She's touring with Lorde atm

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 2 March 2018 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

not convinced by "Good Vibes", it feels particularly unambitious

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 6 March 2018 10:06 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Phew. "On the Low" is a proper return to form:

also: we have album cover art

Jeff W, Friday, 6 April 2018 19:25 (one year ago) Permalink

nice cover

they call me melo gelo (Spottie), Friday, 6 April 2018 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

really love this one, maybe the best from this album yet. i heard a live recording of this last year and have been eagerly awaiting the studio version ever since and it does not disappoint at all

ufo, Friday, 6 April 2018 23:25 (one year ago) Permalink

ready to release this lil beast of an album 🥤🌹 #yayforSWAY #MayTheFourthBeWithYou

— Tove Styrke (@tovestyrke) April 20, 2018

groovypanda, Friday, 20 April 2018 10:51 (one year ago) Permalink

album tracklist:

Say My Name
On the Low
Changed My Mind
I Lied
On a Level
Liability (Demo)

pretty disappointing that it's so short (26 minutes) and over half of it has been released already

ufo, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 06:37 (one year ago) Permalink

it's quite baffling, and especially given that she cancelled a tour last year citing a need to complete the album as the reason

monotony, Wednesday, 25 April 2018 07:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Much as I want this to be amazing, that doesn't seem a terrifically exciting tracklist.

How the hell do you follow Kiddo though? What a one-off burst of idiosyncratic joy that one is (except for track six, which i still never play).
Maybe Kiddo was so good it spooked her?

Feel like "Aftergold" beats most of these too.

On the "Low" and "Mistakes" are pretty cool though. Maybe this will be way better than I'm thinking? God, I hope so.

mr.raffles, Thursday, 26 April 2018 03:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't see any reason to expect it'll be anything less than very good judging by the released tracks but I do have to wonder what's going on, did the label just insist she had to release what she had or something?

ufo, Thursday, 26 April 2018 03:55 (one year ago) Permalink

This is all very odd indeed. We've already had four singles from it (two great, two just good) and then it ends with a demo of her recent Lorde cover? I'd rather she'd taken the time to finish the whole album. Kiddo was incredible and I've been really excited for a follow up.

kitchen person, Thursday, 26 April 2018 03:59 (one year ago) Permalink

the Lorde cover was released as Liability (demo) to begin with, no idea what it's doing on there, it's pretty inessential

ufo, Thursday, 26 April 2018 04:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I mean an album featuring "Mistakes" and "Say My Name" isn't going to be bad but Kiddo was fourteen tracks and did many different things (yet somehow stayed cohesive). It feels like there's a real "will this do?" air about this era and given that she's probably the best contemporary popstar who isn't Charli XCX it's distinctly underwhelming.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 26 April 2018 10:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Kiddo was real special.

My expectations were probably out of line for this one. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

mr.raffles, Thursday, 26 April 2018 14:50 (one year ago) Permalink

when the tracklisting first leaked via a retailer listing i thought that it must be a placeholder or something

ufo, Thursday, 26 April 2018 15:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Alert! Sway single out now everywhere 🌹🥤 #yayforsway

— Tove Styrke (@tovestyrke) April 30, 2018

Jeff W, Monday, 30 April 2018 20:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm not a fan of the way it has been released, but with the exception of the Lorde cover being a bit of a throwaway, all of the songs are very good. Still looking forward to hearing the remaining two tracks. Or if she'd continue putting out a single every couple of months indefinitely, I'd be okay with that as well.

fffv, Monday, 30 April 2018 21:38 (one year ago) Permalink

the remaining two tracks are very good as well

ufo, Friday, 4 May 2018 06:24 (one year ago) Permalink

^Yep. I've done a 180 on "Changed My Mind" too.

Great (mini) album.

Jeff W, Friday, 4 May 2018 20:48 (one year ago) Permalink

This sounds way better as an album than I was thinking it would.

mr.raffles, Saturday, 5 May 2018 02:17 (one year ago) Permalink

This is a great EP. I wish there was more of it, the slinky minimalism suits her voice.

boxedjoy, Monday, 7 May 2018 16:24 (one year ago) Permalink

This is really good

Dyslexicon (Ross), Monday, 7 May 2018 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

production on this is great. best played loud. my favorite pop thing so far this year.

fffv, Tuesday, 8 May 2018 02:24 (one year ago) Permalink

Can’t say I’m crazy about mistakes but otherwise solid

perpetual motion machine (Ross), Wednesday, 9 May 2018 02:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Really? That's the only song from this I'd keep.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 02:40 (one year ago) Permalink

Mistakes is my favourite song on here by some distance. Sway is a decent mini album overall, but after the way she brilliantly played with different genres on Kiddo (one of the best albums of the last few years), this all seems too safe. It feels like a backwards step. I don't think this is even as good as her debut which only hinted at how great she would become on Kiddo. I was really expecting something more from her. Hopefully it'll grow on me when the initial disappointment wears off.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 02:53 (one year ago) Permalink

this all seems too safe. It feels like a backwards step.

There's no daylight between this collection of songs and Dua Lipa or a dozen other people. Which is okay, but...just overkill.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 02:58 (one year ago) Permalink

these songs are way better than the Dua Lipa album!

it's a little safer/more on trend than Kiddo but I think it's a bit more consistent overall even if it doesn't quite reach the height of Ego. the only disappointment for me is the length

ufo, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 03:04 (one year ago) Permalink

I've always felt that Styrke's melodies are a lot more intuitive than most. Like, "New Rules" is a great pop song but it doesn't feel as effortless as some of Styrke's best moments. Sway has some of the weirdest production I've heard in pop music in a long time but it doesn't feel integral to the songwriting or performance, its more like decoration.

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 9 May 2018 22:23 (one year ago) Permalink

this is a lot of fun to dance to when youre drunk btw

boxedjoy, Friday, 11 May 2018 23:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Let’s try

Blood roses (Ross), Friday, 11 May 2018 23:06 (one year ago) Permalink

I think the problem I have with the liability cover is the kalimba has no sustain to it so it can't provide enough backing to the vocals, making it feel weird and empty

ufo, Saturday, 12 May 2018 04:33 (one year ago) Permalink

the liability cover is conveniently the last track so more often than not I abandon it

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 May 2018 09:06 (one year ago) Permalink

What's coming up next for you?

I'm gonna go on tour with Katy Perry in Europe which I'm looking forward to like crazy. And then I'm gonna release more music! I've got some really good songs I'm super-eager for people to hear.

groovypanda, Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:11 (one year ago) Permalink

if we get another mini-album this year or something that'd be great

ufo, Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:45 (one year ago) Permalink

On a level rules

Depressed and impressed (Ross), Thursday, 17 May 2018 15:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

After the srsly otherworldly experience at The Borderline in London 2 weeks ago 👼🏼 it feels like such a rush to announce that I’ll be back w my very first UK headline tour: 🌹Sway UK Tour🌹 Can’t WAIT to SWAY with you guys 💕💕💕 Tickets on sale Friday June 29th.

— Tove Styrke (@tovestyrke) June 26, 2018

groovypanda, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"UK tour", Scotland shafted yet again I see

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 09:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Jeff W, Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

Is this the most underrated pop album of the year? Every song in here has catchy, charming moments and fun production choices.

It’s better than the last Lorde album and the Dua Lipa one but maybe those have stronger singles or better marketing?, either way she deserves more hype.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

she seems to be in a weird position where she's on a major label but has very little resources dedicated to her and also has never managed to catch much indie buzz either in the way that Charli and Sky etc have

certainly very underrated

ufo, Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

Also she’s a much better live performer than those two. Every Dua Lipa performance I’ve heard is usually off-key or playback and Lorde is ok if a bit awkward live (which suits her) but has nowhere near the vocal range that Tove does.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

Charli XCX was also releasing very underrated, brilliant singles, what got people looking her way was her collaborations with Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop which were huge hits and Boom Clap for a teen movie soundtrack.

I feel like she didn’t quite take advantage of that fame though and she has reverted to indie stardom when she was already on mainstream level.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:29 (ten months ago) Permalink

Agree with you Moka other than the record being better than lorde’s last one. Top 10 easy for 2018 tho

No angel came (Ross), Saturday, 21 July 2018 14:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

I love this album ("album") but I don't think it's anywhere near the heights climbed on Kiddo

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 09:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

probably the best EP this year easily

dig me out requiem (Ross), Friday, 7 September 2018 15:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New Song!

NEW SONG ”VIBE” OUT OCT 19TH 🌊 pre-save it plz ❤️

— Tove Styrke [tuva stierka] (@tovestyrke) October 12, 2018

groovypanda, Saturday, 13 October 2018 10:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

groovypanda, Friday, 19 October 2018 07:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pretty good. I like the way it abruptly stops near the beginning. Incidentally, this has been slotted in as a new track 7 on Sway - can we call that an album now?

Jeff W, Friday, 19 October 2018 18:35 (eight months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

I had no idea that's how her name was pronounced:

marcos smart (Spottie), Friday, 11 January 2019 19:28 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New song with Ritual

groovypanda, Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:27 (four months ago) Permalink

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