Fans of Robyn freaked out last night when she made a suprise visit at a Robyn-themed dance party, This Party Is Killing You at Brooklyn Bowl. She performed “Love Is Free” and “Honey,” the latter a tease track from her upcoming album, her first since the 2010’s Body Talk. We can’t wait to hear the new record later this year! Robyn spoke before the event at the Museum of Modern Art, where she discussed the new album. From Billboard:
“It’s not finished yet but it’s almost there,” Robyn revealed, explaining that she sees it as her third album (with 2005’s self-titled as her first and Body Talk as her second; the previous three albums she doesn’t exactly count as part of her canon)….
“I started on my own, in my home studio, listening to music that I love, dancing and listening to beats,” she said of the album’s genesis. “The new album has much more production work on my end,” she says, while noting other collaborators and producers are contributing to it. “But I wanted to flesh it out a bit on my own before bringing other people into the process.”
That process was impacted greatly by her experience with psychoanalysis, as well as the loss of collaborator and friend Christian Falk, who died in 2014, prior to the release of their La Bagatelle Magique EP in 2015.
The upcoming album is influenced by everything from ’90s house to club music to Michael Jackson (she’s been listening to the Thriller and Off the Wall demos a lot) to Janet Jackson and Prince. The late Purple One serves as her own internal quality check for new songs. “I always try to write a song that I think maybe Prince would like,” she says. “That’s how I get myself in shape…”
Later that night at Brooklyn Bowl, Robyn made a surprise appearance at the long-running This Party Is Killing You: A Night of All Robyn Everything and debuted the full, complete version of “Honey” to an ecstatic crowd during a DJ set (obviously, the audience at a Robyn-themed dance party is going to lose their minds when Robyn herself appears). She also performed “Love Is Free” live and watched a “Call Your Girlfriend” dance-off, shaking it with the eventual winner on stage.
— Chris (@chrstnavelli) May 22, 2018