Swedes Do It Better: New Music From Skott, LÉON and Vargas & Lagola

Mike Wass | January 27, 2017 7:45 pm
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It’s no secret that Swedes do pop better, but this week is an embarrassment of riches. Let’s start with elfin alt-pop phenom, Skott. After all, I predicted she will be one of 2017’s break-out artists and “Glitter & Gloss” represents a key moment in her sonic evolution. The organic, forest-pop of “Porcelain,” which Lorde raved about, and “Wolf” (Katy Perry’s a fan) has given way to something more electronic and multi-layered. It’s still ethereal and evocative, but this packs a heavier punch.

Next up is the lovely LÉON, who has been busy of late with buzz tracks “Think About You” and “Liar.” She pulls the trigger on “Sleep Deprived,” which is more reminiscent of the upbeat pop on her Treasure EP as opposed to her recent run of ballads. “[It’s] a song I wrote years ago, so I’m really happy to finally share it with people,” the much-praised diva reveals. “To me it’s kind of about that moment a relationship turns sour, and when you start to play the blame game.” Don’t sleep on this.

That take us to Vargas & Lagola, a new duo comprised of songwriter/producers Salem Al Fakir and Vincent Pontare. You might not recognize those names, but you’ll know their music (Madonna’s “Messiah,” Katy Perry’s “Love Me” and Avicii’s “Hey Brother”). Given those credentials, it’s hardly surprising that their debut single, “Rolling Stone,” is an absurdly catchy indie/dance hybrid. Think Milky Chance remixed by Stuart Price for some idea of what to expect. Don’t be surprised if this blows up on Spotify in the weeks to come. Press play below.

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