Tove Lo paid tribute to another Swedish pop star, covering Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” while appearing on Australian radio station triple j’s Like a Version segment.
Tove is accompanied only by a pianist for her stripped-down rendition of the song, bringing her soaring vocals to the fore and bringing out all the emotion and power of Robyn’s 2010 classic.
“I think it’s just the most perfect pop song,” Tove said of her decision to cover the song in a post-performance interview. “Lyrically, it’s so simple, so clear. You can really see it in front of you. I don’t know, it’s just stuck with me all these years, and it’s still such a good song, and it makes me want to cry and dance at the same time, which is my favorite thing to do.
“I feel very nostalgic when I hear it, although I can’t say exactly when I first heard it. I just remember that feeling of frustration and hope that comes with that song. one way or another,” Tove continued.
“The way it’s, like, pop, but so heartfelt and still with a lot of emotion, and [Robyn] has a lot of integrity. She’s just really badass and cool too. But I think there’s so much feeling there and still super eye-catching, and I love it. That’s what I strive to do.
Tove explained that her decision to do a basic piano and vocal arrangement of the song was largely logistical because she didn’t have time to rehearse a full band version while on tour, but likes to take it out. the dance songs, you can “feel how sad and dramatic the song really is”.
Along with ‘Dancing On My Own’, Tove Lo also performed her original song ‘2 Die 4’ from her new album ‘Dirt Femme’. For this, she had the same configuration as her cover of Robyn, accompanied only on the piano. Watch it below:
“Dirt Femme” is Tove Lo’s first album to be released independently, via her own label Pretty Swede Records. Explaining her major label departure, the singer said she “loves[s] to do these complex stories that don’t help the algorithm and maybe aren’t the most commercial way to pop out and release pop music.”
In a four-star review of ‘Dirt Femme’ – which premiered with singles ‘How Long’, ‘No One Dies From Love’, ‘True Romance’ and more – NME called it “a sharp, surprising and not quite cohesive album, but never boring”, concluding that “Tove Lo has always been far too interesting to be a slave to the algorithm”.