Alim Kheraj
August 04, 2016 3:17 am
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Swedish pop superstar Tove Lo isn’t afraid to get real with her music. In fact, her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, is as real as it comes, broaching subjects of self-esteem, love, heartbreak, drugs, and sex with ruthless honesty, and it’s hella relatable.

While it’s not too often that European singers make it big in the U.S., Tove has proved that she’s the exception of the rule. Her hits “Talking Body” and “Habits (Stay High)” are the sorts of raw songs that just ask to be sung out loud at 2am with your friends.

Despite releasing her album back in 2014, Tove Lo hasn’t been resting on her laurels. The 28-year-old has been writing songs for LOADS of other artists, and has even jumped on songs with rising UK talent Years & Years and the always fabulous Nick Jonas, the latter of which had a seriously steamy video.

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Now, however, Tove Lo is back at it again, solo and in charge. Today (4 August), the singer released the first taste of her upcoming second album, due later this year, and it’s a total banger.

Called “Cool Girl,” the song is the perfect anti-relationship banger. The verses deal with wanting to keep a relationship casual and free, while the chorus is insanely catchy. Tove is a cool girl and she wants you to know it.

Listen to the infectious song below.

Tove took to Instagram to talk about the song, saying “A few words to sum it up: don’t give away your feelings and you hold the power…? I call bullshit. Lets share some deep real love ❤️ “

Speaking to The Sun newspaper in the UK, Tove said that she was actually inspired to write the song after watching Gone Girl, saying, “It’s the moment she goes from being a victim to a psycho.”

One of the things we really love about Tove Lo is that she’s not afraid to speak her mind, and doesn’t care what people think.

“It might be hard to be with me because of what I’m like,” she explained candidly, “I’m very sexually open about everything I think and feel.” 

Songs like “Cool Girl” show this openness and that there’s no right way to approach relationships and sex, and we love that someone is willing to sing positively about the plethora of different options out there.

Tove Lo really is a cool girl and this *might* just be a (late) contender for song of the summer.

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