Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Icona Pop Has Arrived the Swedish Duo Has Made an Impact on the American Club Scene

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Icona Pop Has Arrived the Swedish Duo Has Made an Impact on the American Club Scene

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Icona Pop's girl-power tour doesn't come close to Pittsburgh, though it did bounce in and out of Philadelphia this week. Still, you can get all the flash-bash music you need from their newly released album, "This Is . Icona Pop," out today. Or just turn on a radio.

Icona Pop is the Swedish duo of Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo, who are sweeping the world up in their electro-pop/indie-rock dream as fast as they possibly can.

"You meet a few people in your lifetime that you really feel like you're connecting with," Ms. Hjelt said in a recent phone interview. "And when we met that night . It was at my place, four and a half years ago. We had a mutual friend who took Aino to my party. And it was just weird, it was love at first sight.

"I think we were both kind of down at the bottom. Nothing was working out with my music or my love life. And then I met Aino and I felt so inspired.

"The next day Aino called me and said, 'Hey, I'm on my way to your place now.' And we sat down with a bottle of wine and the computer and we wrote our first song. Without even talking about what kind of music we wanted to do. So it was really, really natural."

Natural, but intense.

"We felt kind of stressed in the beginning because we wanted to get our music out so quick," Ms. Hjelt said. "We were just like, 'Oh, we're writing all these songs, I wish we could release an album tomorrow.' We booked our first gig two days after we met. And a month later our shows were sold out.

"We were always dreaming about touring the U.S., touring the world, releasing albums. It was never like, 'Let's make a song.' It's more like, 'Yeah, we're the best band in the world and now we're going to do this together.' We've got some weird energy together."

Ms. Hjelt is 25. Ms. Jawo is 26. Their mega hit "I Love It," a fixture in the clubs all summer, has been covered by Robin Thicke and spoofed by The Cookie Monster.

"It's insane," Ms. Hjelt said. "This year has been just incredible. …

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