Tove Lo’s Truth Serum

Swedish singer and songwriter Tove Lo has made her electropop sound known in the U.S. with her debut EP “Truth Serum,” as well as her first single, “Habits.” Other tracks on her EP hold just as much potential.

“Not on Drugs”

An electronic melody sets up the first verse. Tove Lo energetically sings, “Shiny, happy, see my world in new colors” and “I’m up with the kites and I dream so blue.” A heavy, synthesized bass picks up at the chorus. Lo repeats, “Baby listen please, I’m not on drugs, I’m just in love.” The second verse echoes the first and carries into the established chorus. Lo chants, “You’re high enough for me” with a captivating  and taunting resonance until the song’s end.

“Paradise”

The opening is slightly reminiscent of Regina Spektor, but Lo quickly makes it her own with her smooth yet raspy vocals and electronic cadences. Lo opens the song with the lyrics “Touch you once, my fingers go numb, hold my breath one second too long” and “Being with you my natural high, still got every single butterfly.” The second verse is a continuation of the first with lyrics like “You sweep all my worries away, brush me off, now I’ll be okay.” The chorus is hypnotic yet full of energy and contains the lyrics “With love for real without the lies, is that what they call paradise?”

“Over”

The opening melody enchants listeners. Electronic phrases trill behind Lo’s first verse. She sings, “Stay up till dawn, I can’t go home again now” and “Apologize, no it won’t make it better.” Each verse builds and launches right into the chorus. The bass line revs and Lo cries out, “Fighting all this fight, you’re so cold without the love” and “Guess we are over.” This track belongs on repeat.

“Habits (Stay High)”

Lo opens the song with an apathetic chant that continues in the background during the verses. The lyrics are unlike any of Lo’s previous songs. She opens the first verse with “I eat my dinner in the bathtub, then I go to sex clubs, watching freaky people gettin’ it on” and “I get home, I got the munchies, binge on all my Twinkies, throw up in the tub then I go to sleep.” Celestial melodic phrases lift the chorus from the tone of the verses. Lo sings, “You’re gone and I gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind” and “Spend my days locked in a haze, trying to forget you babe.” The bridge falls soft and Lo meekly sings, “Staying in my play pretend, where the fun ain’t got no end” and “Can’t go home alone again, need someone to numb the pain.”

“Out of my Mind”

Lo chants, “Lovers, into friends, move on, to strangers” to introduce the song. The first verse progresses into the lyrics “Denying, saying time will heal” and “So you believe I’d forget you.” The instrumentation of the chorus has elements from each track on the EP.  Lo cries “Are you kidding me? You’re out of your mind to think that I could keep you out of mind.” After the build of another verse and chorus, Lo belts “How can you say I’ll be all right, what makes you think that I’ll be fine?”

This winter, Tove Lo will perform in the Australian venues of Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour. Be sure to keeps an ear out this fall for Lo’s debut album with Island Records, “Queen of the Clouds.”

Lindsay Lillig is the Managing Editor, email her at ljlillig@unews.com

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