Sweden isn’t exactly short of talent, but you can add young Grant to that tremendous canon. She impressed us with her pounding pop track Catcher In The Rye, and has followed that up with a suitably dramatic and larger-than-life album, In Bloom (which you can stream below). Ahead of her support slot for Tove Styrke at London’s Borderline on June 13th, we decided to find out more about the Stockholm native with our quick Q&A…
First musical memory?
My grandmother singing to me.
First album/record you ever bought?
I can’t remember the first one I actually bought, but my first record ever given to me was ”Bigger, better, faster, more!” by 4 Non Blondes! I got from my sister in the late 90’s.
Describe your vibe in three words (but then tell us a bit more about the process of making In Bloom, and what you’re hoping people take away from it).
Romantic, playful, honest. The making of “In Bloom” was fantastic, fun and sometimes difficult and painful. It’s been a journey, both into myself and as a songwriter. I’ve grown so much. Every song comes from a real place. It was easiest expressing myself when I was being completely honest. I would like people to take away that there’s strength in vulnerability and that feeling a lot doesn’t make you “too much.”
As part of a great line of female Scandinavian pop artists, do you ever feel any additional pressure?
No, not really. I want to do my own thing and hopefully it’s well received. Of course, I dream of Robyn-success abroad, but I’m doing this for me, in my way and comparing myself to other pop artists gets me nowhere I want to be.
Your inspirations, musical and otherwise?
Björk, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, PJ Harvey, Edith Piaf, Nirvana, Solange, David Bowie and so many other musical acts! Visually I’ve always been a sucker for sci-fi movies, space age and old Hollywood as well as the 60s French new wave. As a kid I was obsessed with the impressionists. These days I mostly enjoy modern art, digital surrealism and pop art.
What are your current jams?
“And It Rained All Night” by Thom Yorke, “Utopia” by Lykke Li, and everything by Kali Uchis!
Any guilty pleasures, musical or non?
Italian anthems/power ballads, Nutella and Fallout 3. But they’re all just pleasures!
And finally: favourite Beyoncé song?
Off the new album: “Formation” and “Freedom.”