The Swedish invasion is officially in full swing. Like Robyn, The Sounds, and Niki & the Dove before them, Icona Pop are starting to make a name for themselves here in the states. With the release of their “Iconic EP”, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo are making sure we know what’s up. And while you may not be familiar with them just yet, chances are you have heard their voices before. The duo’s song “Manners”, which is cut #4 on the EP, was sampled on Chiddy Bang’s “Mind Your Manners” back in 2011. After the success of “Mind You Manners” as well as a single release on Neon Gold Records, the girls were officially on their way.
Lead single and opener “I Love It” unabashedly sets the stage for the rest of the EP. “I’m from the 70s / But you’re a 90s bitch” the girls proclaim without much regard toward anything, including an ex’s car which is left burning on the side of the road (is it really any surprise that Charli XCX wrote the song?). Short and sweet at just over two and a half minutes, it packs a punch that will surely leave a bruise. Next up is party anthem “Ready For the Weekend,” which, if you’re not plying on full volume with the windows down of your way to the club, you’re doing it wrong. The opening line “If you love somebody go and live it up” sung as if it’s the beginning of a Catholic mass (you’ll see what I mean) really gives you an idea of what the girls are all about. Fun fun fun, if you can remember it, that is.
Icona Pop’s Ready For The Weekend
Brash lyrics and electro-pop goodness make themselves truly at home throughout the rest of the EP with standouts including “Good For You”, and “Sun Goes Down”, which was produced by, and features, The Knocks. If you’re not sold yet, well you may have hearing problems, but not to fear. Icona Pop will surely win you over when they embark on their first US tour in December, opening for Marina and the Diamonds. That’s right, Marina and Icona Pop will be performing on the same stage.
Do yourself a favor and get this EP now on iTunes, Amazon, or your preferred digital music retailer for only $5. Seriously. $5. Or, the girls are making it very possible to indulge the collector in you by selling handmade, signed, and numbered CD copies of the EP at their official webstore. Their major label debut is set for an early 2013 release here in the states. Or if you’re reading this from Sweden, you can pick it up now!
Get familiar with Icona Pop and the “Iconic EP.” Neither are going anywhere anytime soon.
By Nick Personett
OurVinyl | Contributor