Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Molly Sandén – Nån annan nu

A song for anyone who has been in the corner, watching you kiss her…


Edward Okulicz: A drunk internal monologue delivered while watching couples hug and be happy, wondering if you were meant for each other, trying to lift but being weighted down by regret; this is some quality Euromope. Katy Perry should beg someone to write some English lyrics for it and give it to her; this would have been a killer follow-up to “Never Really Over.” As it is, it’s a fine song that will never chart outside Scandinavia, but at least in Swedish terms, Sandén is famous and comfortably top-tier and when you are a net exporter of pop, there’s plenty to go around.

Scott Mildenhall: Just as it was coincidence that Molly Sandén attempted to enter Eurovision with a euphoric song called “Youniverse,” there is no doubt nothing in her releasing a song that sounds like “Somebody Else” about her ex having “someone else”. Happily, “Somebody Else” remains a brilliant song, so “Nån Annan Nu” does start on a firm footing. It is glossier and less stark, though — less ambitious, perhaps — full of skilful scene-setting, but happy to settle for simply good.

Austin Nguyen:Somebody Else,” down to the reverse-the-tape intro, by way of Kiss-era Carly Rae Jepsen synth throb-and-pang — which means this crushes your sugar cube heart between the fingers and licks it off as dancefloor ecstasy, Romeo + Juliet style.

Iain Mew: The whooshing of the intro promises a full whack of synth-pop vacuum, before drawing away as if it’s too much to face. When the chorus really gets going (and it does really get going), the sense that its feeling was something tough to open up adds to its power. 

Ian Mathers: On first listen it doesn’t seem like this one builds much at all, but there’s a quiet intensity to it so that even though most of it seems to be in roughly the same register, the way it keeps working over the same ground actually helps it hit harder. If the translated lyrics I found are accurate, that holds up in content too; “I’m floating through the sea of people and you have already drowned in each other” is a particularly gut-punching way to describe seeing your ex dance with someone else.

Juana Giaimo: This reminds me so much of MUNA — especially for those vocoder backing vocals — that I actually share the same feelings I have towards their music: I enjoy it, but I find it hard to connect with emotional dance songs when I feel that both parts are diluted. 

Alfred Soto: Tuneful anonymous Europop in the pupal phase before emerging as Julia Michaels. 

Andrew Karpan: A slice of Scandinavia-pop so crisp it feels glued together with aches and gasps. Indie electropop taken to its most logical conclusions reveals itself to be a kind of passionately danceable post rock. 

Will Adams: The candy-coated, electrified dancepop songs of the early ’10s are returning. Nature is healing.

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