From Iceland — Track Of The Day: "Salt Licorice" By Jónsi Feat. Robyn

Track Of The Day: “Salt Licorice” By Jónsi Feat. Robyn

Published September 30, 2020

Track Of The Day: “Salt Licorice” By Jónsi Feat. Robyn
Hannah Jane Cohen
Photo by
A. Somers

Just a few days before the drop of his upcoming album ‘Shiver’, Jónsi is here with a new track, featuring the unrivalled Swedish pop icon Robyn. Talk about a dynamic duo.

The song, entitled ‘Salt Licorice’, is described by the two artists as an ode to “Scandinavian Pain.” Over a thumping ballroom-house beat, ‘Salt Licorice’ revels in the depths of darkness.

Produced by PC Music founder and Charli XCX musical director A. G. Cook, ‘Salt Licorice’ is an aggressive take on ballroom house, with a thumping beat contrasted by eerie vocals. Jónsi and Robyn share the sorrows of ageing, nostalgia and depression. The two artists’ ethereal qualities are all the more striking when combined with A. G. Cook’s synthetic experimentalism and the pink pop art visuals of the music video: the result is surreal and dreamlike yet sharply rhythmic.

“‘Salt Licorice’ is such a cute and perfect pop song,” said Robyn in a statement about the track. “It makes me want to dance violently and make out at the same time. It was a no-brainer to say yes to singing it with Jónsi. The pretty emails I get with a thousand emojis in them from him is a bonus that came with our collaboration as well!”

Jónsi’s upcoming album ‘Shiver’ will drop on October 2nd.

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