Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo has released “Bad As The Boys”, the second single to her fourth studio album, Sunshine Kitty. “Bad As The Boys” is a collaboration with Finnish artist Alma, who Lo has previously worked with on “Bitches”, a single off her third album, Blue Lips. The lead single for the upcoming project, “Glad He’s Gone“, was released on May 31st, with a music video for the first cut released later on June 17th. Sunshine Kitty will be released through Island Records on September 20th. “Bad As The Boys” was released alongside a lyric video.
“Bad As The Boys” is a bright and poppy jam meant to capture the energy and emotion that one finds themselves consumed with during a summer crush. Tove Lo and Alma sing in the chorus over colorful and summery production, “I met her in the summer / Thinking life will get better / But she’s gone now / Took my heart and sunk with it / She was just as bad as the boys”. Lo and Alma’s clearly melancholy lyrics over this summery and upbeat production creates a very interesting juxtaposition. It feels like the two are essentially exorcising their negative feelings and unmet expectations for their summer relationships through the more positive production. The most attention grabbing aspect of the whole song’s sound is without a doubt the vocoder vocals that kick off the song and remain in the background throughout; they add a great texture to what could’ve otherwise been pretty standard pop production.
The video includes Lo and Alma both singing and dancing along in a few unique locations like Lo on a karaoke-style setup lit by constantly changing light or under stadium seats, or Alma on a desolate beach with small waves crashing behind her. Filmmakers Garrett Guidera, Natalia Kallio, Anna Miettinen, Charlie Twaddle and Natalie Ziering opt for a lo-fi aesthetic, with pixelated subtitles, often grainy visuals, and overlaid shots of Alma and Lo.
Tove Lo – Sunshine Kitty Tracklist
Gritty Pretty (intro)
Glad He’s Gone
Bad as the Boys (Feat. ALMA)
Sweettalk my Heart
Are U gonna tell her? (Feat. MC Zaac)
Jacques (With Jax Jones)
Equally Lost (Feat. Doja Cat)
Really don’t like u (Feat. Kylie Minogue)
Anywhere u go
Sunshine Kitty (outro)
Photo Credit: Kalyn Oyer