This Is... Icona Pop
In 2012, the Swedish EDM-pop duo Icona Pop (Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo) turned out one of the most empowering and brilliant tunes of the last decade: "I Love It." A rallying cry for young women everywhere, the track quickly found its way to videogames, commercials, and TV shows (including an episode of Girls). Written by English techno-pop artist Charli XCX, the song pounds with rebellious attitude and confident dismissal: "I crashed my car into the bridge/I don't care! I love it!" shout the duo with unbridled glee. A second single from their U.S. album, “All Night,” showed a slightly softer (albeit just as bouncy) side to Icona Pop, as they pined in slightly sweeter tones, “We could do this all night!” It’s a fairly sugary, crowd-rousing moment, but other songs show more depth: “Just Another Night" isn't as ebullient; it's a lament that features a single voice rather than the duo’s continual double whammy. The wistful “Just Another Night” also showcases some power-packed vocals.