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Icona Pop was born in the manner you'd hope two smart, spunky Swedish girls would unite: under the midnight sun, bonding over heartbreak and breakbeats. 'I was dumped, and a mutual friend forced me to go to a party. Caroline was hosting it,' Aino Jawo recalls on meeting her future bandmate Caroline Hjelt. They now famously describe the resulting bonding experience (and all night Stockholm dance-a-thon) as something like 'love at first sight'. Sparks flew. Out with relationship angst and in with female friendship: a creative fuse had been lit, and that very night, the two began scheming and ...

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Icona Pop was born in the manner you'd hope two smart, spunky Swedish girls would unite: under the midnight sun, bonding over heartbreak and breakbeats. 'I was dumped, and a mutual friend forced me to go to a party. Caroline was hosting it,' Aino Jawo recalls on meeting her future bandmate Caroline Hjelt. They now famously describe the resulting bonding experience (and all night Stockholm dance-a-thon) as something like 'love at first sight'.



Sparks flew. Out with relationship angst and in with female friendship: a creative fuse had been lit, and that very night, the two began scheming and dreaming of forming 'the best band ever'. But unlike most alcohol-aided ambitions, this one began to unfurl the very next day, when the girls began writing their first song together.



The girls' trajectory from eager Stockholm youths creating early templates for their hyperkinetic pop to playing to a crowd of 20,000 at Madison Square Garden clocks in at just over three years - an impressive alacrity that should keep other musicmakers on their toes. Jawo and Hjelt worked ceaselessly, collaborating with high-caliber producers to create a distinctively dramatic sound - bright and dark in one, combining chanted choruses and live but mechanized drums with their signature 'bittersweet' lyrics. In other words: very Scandinavian. 'There always has to be a balance of happiness and darkness,' Caroline says. 'Otherwise you'll just float away.'



On their breakout hit, 'Manners', that duality revealed itself elegantly, with crepuscular synths punctuating the spare reverb-steeped bass drums and scolding choir, 'Manners! You better reconsider. You will never do better' before it all descends into a heavenly sea of 'ba ba ba's'. Soon, their Nights Like This EP was ranked as one of 2011's most promising debuts by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and others. All this leads to Icona Pop swiftly being one of THE new artists to check out live, glowstick army and all. But it all was about to go zero gravity, thanks to three little words: I LOVE IT.