Icona Pop: We don't make 'ordinary' pop

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 August 2013
Icona Pop

Icona Pop

Swedish duo Icona Pop describe their music as mainstream pop with a punky edge

Icona Pop are punk as well as pop.

The Swedish duo had a huge hit across the world with 'I Love It' - which has been covered stars including Robin Thicke, Florence Welch and was even featured on 'Sesame Street' - but they feel the catchy track works so well because it has a punk edge to it.

The group's Aino Jawo told the Tampa Bay Times newspaper: "We were influenced by so much more than only pop. When you listen to it, it can actually sound a little punky. It's not ordinary pop.

"And that makes it so interesting when [people] make their own version of it.

"When you listen to Robin Thicke, it sounds like R&B, making-love music. And when we do it, it sounds more like, 'f**k it'."

Aino - who completes the band with Caroline Hjelt - also said she thinks Swedish people have a natural talent for writing pop hooks.

She added: "I think Swedish people, it might be that they're very good at finding bittersweet melodies, and lately, bittersweet melodies have become very big all over the world.

"And Sweden is a very small country, so if you're good at something, it's easier to get to work with the good producers and people. So it creates its own sound in a way."

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