written & interviewed by ALEX CATARINELLA

photographed by KATIE MCCURDY



There’s never a shortage of Top 40 bangers complete with hedonistic-heavy lyrics about endless bottle-popping in VIP and “living in the moment.” #Fact. Swedish Pop siren Tove Lo also sings about getting fucked up, but she explains the reasons behind reaching for the blunt or what have you — and it has nothing to do with living the superficial fab life. Take for instance her, yes, seriously addicting shimmering Pop gem, “Habits,” which is very real on all accounts. There’s FML lyrics (“I get home, I got the munchies / Binge on all my Twinkies / Throw up in the tub, then I go to sleep / And I drank up all my money / Days been kind of lonely”), the messy-in-a-good-way music video (lots of tequila tears and girl-on-girl makeouts), and those rafter-reaching, goosebump-inducing pipes. It’s Girl, Interrupted Pop at its finest, and it’ll 100% make you wanna keep “dancing on my own” a la fellow Swedish pop siren, Robyn. “A little bit melancholy, a little bit of desperation. I suck at writing super happy songs,” Tove Lo says to me of her songwriting style, whilst on set getting primped and polished for our cover shoot. In other words, all broken-hearted twenty-somethings can totally relate to the insanely talented young lady — for proof, check out her eargasms of an EP, the aptly titled Truth Serum (her eagerly anticipated full length debut awaits). I mean, “Habits” killer chorus a.k.a. “You’re gone and I’ve gotta stay high all the time to keep you off my mind” is basically a blurb in my diary — if I had a diary and could write eloquently. I will, instead, report that the aptly buzzed about new-comer is the real censor-free/bad ass deal, as noted during our chit-chat. “I’m me all around!” she adorably affirms, and for that, we thank her.