With bleached hair, a slinky tinsel silver dress, and a bomber jacket, MØ
fit the 2016 trend of edgy pop princess, joining the ranks of Grimes and Bishop Briggs. Hailing from the Scandinavian pop scene, MØ's music features electronic hook after hook, floating on synthesizer clouds and kept steady by trap-style percussion. It's all anchored to reality by her voice, which has an almost electronic smoothness to it, a coarseness coming through when it intensifies. Her lyrics still contain a hint of the edge she had back when she wrote explicit trap rap (see "When I Saw His Cock"
), though most of her edge is now contained more in beats than lyrics.
Onstage, she teased the crowd's appetite as hands hungry for "Kamikaze" or one of MØ's collaborations with Major Lazer reached out and pulsed along with her beats. Her opening cover of "Don't Wanna Dance" was sweet and retro, and moved into the more patient "Waste of Time," during which MØ sang desolate vocals ("Where is the love we had? Why does it hurt so bad?
) layered over modest riffs on keyboard and guitar.
During the more upbeat "Glass," MØ loosened up, swirling around on stage, arms undulating with the cascading scale of the backing track. Every new hook manifested itself in a new, equally intense dance move, and her fans followed along like a snake following its charmer. By the time she got to "Final Song," her jacket had been long since tossed aside, the two thin braids that framed her face coming loose as the energy of the audience had surged to a climax. When she climbed across the barricade to crowd surf, arms surged, the crowd like an anemone in the tide while Mo outstretched her arms and let her fans carry her.