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THE SWEDISH THING: ROBYN

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Makeup Ignacio Alonso (LinkDetails)  Hair Darren Phillips (LundLund)  Manicure Ignacio Alonso (LinkDetails)  Digital technician Christian Horvath (D Factory)  Photo assistant Corentin Thevenet  Stylist assistants Christina Ahlberg and Jeff Ihatsu  Makeup assistant äsa Karlsten  Hair assistant Sara Eriksson  postproduction lutz + schmitt  Location Spring Studio, Stockholm

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THE SWEDISH THING: ROBYN

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TEXT T. COLE RACHEL

SWEDEN IS ONE OF THE TOP EXPORTERS OF MUSIC IN THE WORLD—NO SMALL FEAT FOR A COUNTRY WHOSE POPULATION IS ABOUT THE SIZE OF NEW YORK CITY'S. BEHOLD, FOUR OF THEIR FINEST, FEATURED IN V88

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Sweden’s reputation for producing forward-thinking pop music continues to loom large in the minds (and ears) of the world, and few have done more to cement that notion than Robyn. She’s been making music for nearly 20 years (she landed her first record deal when she was 16), but it wasn’t until the release of 2010’s Body Talk EPs—a series of mini-albums that included the singles “Dancing on My Own,” “Call Your Girlfriend,” and “Hang With Me”—that Robyn’s career launched into global hyperdrive. So after touring the globe for the better part of three years, what exactly has Robyn been up to?

“I’ve been at home in Stockholm for the past year, not really doing anything,” she says, laughing. “I’m not good at not having a schedule or a job, but I didn’t want to make another record right away, mostly because I didn’t feel like I had anything new to say yet.” Those eager for Robyn’s return should check out her collaboration with fellow Swede Neneh Cherry, on Cherry’s new LP, Blank Project. (“She’s one of my idols,” says Robyn. “When I heard her music as a child it felt like someone had been spying on my dreams—in a good way!”) This summer she tours with Norwegian pop maestros Röyksopp, with whom she is also recording new material. “They are like trolls who live in the mountains and just make music all the time,” she says. “I wish I could be more like them.” 

With all of her various projects, it is clear that Robyn is one of the rare songwriters who manages to make flawless dance music with a healthy amount of emotional gravitas. More than anything, she wants you to feel it. 

“I don’t want to sound stupid or like I’m being fake-humble, but I really feel like I’m lucky to have this life where I’m able to make music and people are interested in it,” she says. “I want people to know that when I put something out I’m doing it in the most direct and honest way I can. You know, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley made pop music and they are taken very seriously. Pop music is an art form. You gotta treat it with respect.” 

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Makeup Ignacio Alonso (LinkDetails)  Hair Darren Phillips (LundLund)  Manicure Ignacio Alonso (LinkDetails)  Digital technician Christian Horvath (D Factory)  Photo assistant Corentin Thevenet  Stylist assistants Christina Ahlberg and Jeff Ihatsu  Makeup assistant äsa Karlsten  Hair assistant Sara Eriksson  postproduction lutz + schmitt  Location Spring Studio, Stockholm

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