Derek Reed // REVOLT
It's been three years since Tove Lo delivered "Habits (Stay High)," her inescapable soundtrack to nights of debauchery and the first major evidence of her refreshingly blunt lyricism that we would later learn to be the standard in her artistry. (See the downright demands made on "Talking Body" for more proof.) Since then, she's brought her equal-parts dreamy and direct vocals to Billboard-charting songs from Nick Jonas, Flume, and Alesso and, most recently, earned a co-writing credit on Lorde's Melodrama. Now, she's returned to the forefront with a new single and the announcement of her junior album Blue Lips, a follow-up to last year's Lady Wood.
Titled "Disco Tits," the just-released track reaffirms Tove Lo's affinity for, well, breasts as she's known for frequently flashing her audiences—don't worry, we touch on that in our interview—but, more than that, it's admittedly her "happiest track that I've ever written." Driven by a funky bassline and more uptempo than we've come to expect from the singer, she described its inspiration to REVOLT TV, saying:
"It just reflects where I'm at in my life at the moment, which is on this very fun, no consequences, everything-is-great…I'm in love with my new partner-in-crime who is as crazy as me and just enjoying the not-very-responsible living. It still has, for me, the very sexually blunt and cheeky vibe."
In REVOLT TV's interview with Tove Lo, we talk her new track, honest songwriting, female youth, how Americans and the Swedish consume pop music and, of course, her penchant for flashing. Watch the full interview and read excerpts below.
ON HER WRITING: Lyrically, I'm very like, 'This is my message, this is what I'm saying, and nobody interfere.'....I think that, in pop, it's starting to become more of a thing where it's okay to express any type of emotion, no matter if it's feelings that you aren't supposed to be proud of, [like] 'you shouldn't admit to feeling that, everyone feels it, but you're not really supposed to talk about it or say it.' And it's like being proud of your flaws in a way that I really appreciate and think is important also because young girls in our society, it's just a lot of pressure to be a lot of things that might not come natural to everyone. And I think it's good to see a different kind of girl in the plastic pop world.
ON HER BODY: The way that the flashing started on stage for me was just a fun moment between me and my fans, but it turned into something political because apparently it's not that accepted everywhere and it's something that you're not supposed to do. And, for me, it can be sexy and provocative without being so shameful and scandalous and it became, 'This is my choice if want to do this, I can do whatever I want with my body, and this is what I'm choosing to do so I'm gonna keep doing it.' And it doesn't make me any less of a woman or a scandalous woman; I'm just enjoying it. I'm comfortable with my body and I think it's fun.
Listen to "Disco Tits" below via Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL.