Release Date: June 14th 2007
In the mood for a touch of oddball pop music? Hopefully, the answer’s yes, because on the majority of the self-released Electric Body Design, Pikko resembles Yoko Ono covering the arty electropop of fellow Swedes The Knife.
This is in no way a bad thing. In fact, it’s a powerful asset. This professional dancer turned recording artist from the very north of Sweden does not sound or act like anybody else out there. Her stage shows are a strange and wonderful combination of film, dancing, and chirpy electropop. Marry this uniqueness to a batch of effortlessly cool and catchy tracks and you’ve got an album to celebrate. The frantic Murder In My Heart kicks things off with a bang, backing Pikko’s trademark “ice pick” vocals with a dramatic multitracked male choir of one. The energy doesn’t let up as flawless first single Kill With A Dance and the playful Itch Of A Bitch round out Electric Body Design’s perfect first half. From there on, things become a bit more experimental, such as on the guitar-assisted duet Bad Intentions and the subdued Theme For A Funeral Birthday, but no less fascinating and fun. Thief In The Night finishes the album in grand style, with vocals in the grandiose chorus bordering on operatic.
Pikko, and her album, probably won’t appeal to everyone. She’s too left-field for that. But, that’s exactly what’s so magical about her. Electric Body Design sounds like it was created on a different planet, while still adhering to the timeless elements that make pop music so fantastic. A-
Key Tracks: Kill With A Dance, Murder In My Heart, Itch Of A Bitch