MØ – Forever Neverland

Scandi electro-pop has never looked so good; MØ returns with her second full length album Forever Neverland four years after her debut

Album Review by Harriet Willis | 15 Oct 2018
  • MØ – Forever Neverland
Album title: Forever Neverland
Label: Chess Club / RCA Victor
Release date: 19 Oct

From No Mythologies to Follow to Forever Neverland, MØ has collaborated with an array of artists, including Snakehips, Major Lazer and Diplo, to create some of the most captivating pop singles of recent years. Her second album brings together these influences, including further collaborations with Diplo and Charli XCX, producing a masterpiece that puts MØ firmly on her own pedestal as an individual artist rather than a recurring feature.

Listening to standout tracks such as Nostalgia, Sun In Our Eyes and Way Down, it's quickly clear MØ has refined her sound since her 2014 debut, providing more of what made us love her in the first place. With her distinctive vocals and synthesised touch, she's graced us with one of the most contagious albums of the year.

Album opener Intro (Purple Like Summer Rain) is a smooth 45 second prelude to Forever Neverland. 'This is what I wanted all my life,' MØ sings, introducing an album that fully exudes her personality. Way Down projects a tribal element that reminds you of her early days, bringing to mind 2015's smash hit Lean On; somewhat comforting, yet exciting and refreshing.

Four songs in, Blur takes a different turn. Opening with a small excerpt of a conversation followed by an electric guitar chug, it recalls Pixies' Where Is My Mind. The likeness carries on throughout the song, with MØ’s vocals putting a new twist on the existing hybrid genres of alternative-rock and electro-pop.

Red Wine is imbued with a reggae injection that is constant, lying underneath every other beat on the track. Featuring Lorely Rodriguez, aka Empress Of, it fires more diversity into the sound of the album, making it a perfect mash-up of MØ’s interests and influences.

Listen to: I Want You, Sun In Our Eyes, If It’s Over