Skott’s new EP showcases a playful new direction and acts as a welcome return for this innovative young Swedish musician.
Produced by Skott’s long-term collaborators in Stockholm (Agrin Rhamani, Theo Carlson and Christian Nilsson) and mixed by Anders Hvenare (Miike Snow, Niki & The Dove, Tove Styrke), the 4-track EP Stay Off My Mind showcases a playful new direction and acts as a welcome return for this innovative young Swedish musician.
Buoyant and bold, the first single to be lifted from the EP is the titular track ‘Stay Off My Mind’, showcasing Skott at her most cheerful. It eschews the icy, haunting demeanour of her introductory tracks, but loses none of its ethereal charm, or indeed the peerless and precocious vocal delivery that serves as the driving force behind all of her music.
Interestingly, ‘Stay Off My Mind’ was built around a breakbeat sample from much loved ‘Young Folks’, by Peter, Bjorn and John.
On the title track, Skott reveals: “I’ve been working a bit with Bjorn from Peter Bjorn & John, and we meant to replace the sample, but it just worked so perfectly so its ended up in the song. The producers and I couldn’t decide on a bpm for the song – when the verse felt fast, the chorus felt slow, and vice versa, so the song actually switches tempo four times.”
Despite all the bright, breezy melodies, the title track was written following the death of a close friend of Skott.
“Ultimately it’s a song about missing someone so much that you’re almost living more in the past than in the present. It’s bittersweet because we can have such fond memories, but life goes on and sometimes having flashbacks can keep you from moving on.”
Stay Off My Mind is set for release on 12th January.