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Music / Tove Lo

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Don't worry. She's a cool girl.

All the girls stare at me, drop lip,
Drippin' in harmony, like fifth.
— "bitches"

Tove Lo (born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson on October 29, 1987) is a Swedish singer-songwriter. She is known for her raw and candid take on pop music; further aspects of her musical style can be best described as what would happen if Paula Cole was an electropop artist.

Tove gained fame in August 2014 when her song "Habits (Stay High)", previously featured on her debut EP Truth Serum, became a radio hit. Her debut album, Queen of the Clouds, was released on September 30 of that year.

Tove's next two albums formed two halves of a concept: 2016's Lady Wood, which came with two short films to promote it (Fairy Dust and Fire Fade), and 2017's Blue Lips, which also had a short film. She then largely focused then on collaborations up until 2019, when she released her fourth album Sunshine Kitty, which was said to mark a "new chapter" for her through its relatively happier sound and it being inspired by personal elements in her life including regained confidence, wisdom, and a new relationship. Her fifth album, 2022's Dirt Femme, was her first to be independently released by her own record label, Pretty Swede Records.


  • Truth Serum (2014)
  • Queen of the Clouds (2014)
  • Lady Wood (2016)
  • Blue Lips (2017)
  • Sunshine Kitty (2019)
  • Dirt Femme (2022)

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Tropes applying to the films in general include:

  • But Not Too Bi: Tove ends up chilling with a man in "Vibes", and hangs out with three guys in "WTF Love Is".
    • Ebba spends the latter half of Blue Lips hanging out with Guy.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Tove seems to like short-haired brunettes.
    • Fairy Dust: Tove (dirty blonde) and Lorna (brunette), with shades of Light Feminine Dark Feminine.
    • Blue Lips: Ebba (bleach blonde) and Kit (brunette).
  • Mind Screw: The fact that Tove likes to deconstruct sex in general is understandable but with everything that's happening in the first two films, well...
    • Averted in Blue Lips where there's at least a plot concerning Kit's hookup blues. But then there's the ending including The Stinger.
  • Three Minutes of Writhing: Tove took this trope up to eleven in the Lady Wood era.

Fairy Dust

  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: In "Cool Girl", we're given a slight glimpse of Lorna in her coffin, untouched despite having set fire to herself.
  • Driven to Suicide: Lorna.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Tove shaves her head in "Cool Girl". However, if you watch Fairy Dust in its entirety, she screws with this trope. Come "Vibes" Tove still has her hair.
  • Laughing Mad: Tove on her way to her motel room at the prologue, eventually coming to a Heroic BSoD
  • Nobody Poops: The first shot we see of Lorna is in the toilet, contemplating.
  • Straw Feminist: The first 3 minutes of Fairy Dust after the title card is Lina Esco embodying this trope as Lorna. Tove becomes this as well in Fire Fade.
  • Straw Nihilist: Lorna, right before she crashes Tove's Mercedes.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lorna and Tove respectively.
  • Wham Shot: The very end of the film, where we see Lorna scornfully watching Tove masturbating.
    You like that shit?

Fire Fade

  • Bottle Episode: Fire Fade happens entirely in the motel, with much of it in Tove's own room.
  • Gravity Screw: Type 2. Tove writhes and crawls up all over the walls and ceiling just to catch that butterfly. She's that persistent.
  • Minimalist Cast: Mostly Tove until the last song, when she joins three guys in their motel room party.
  • Sanity Slippage: The whole thing, but particularly "Imaginary Friend".

Blue Lips

  • Breakup Is Temporary: Fresh off her working hours, Kit tells Ebba about her boyfriend's ex getting back with him.
  • Censor Suds: Averted. There's not enough bathwater to censor Ebba's breasts, and Kit's are hidden not by suds but by her own knees.
  • Chicks Before Dicks: Kit sees Guy socialize with Ebba and feels left out, ultimately prompting her to leave the party early. Ebba tries to re-establish this trope with Kit at the end.
  • Diegetic Switch: Instead of playing the songs in their entirety and following the album listing like with Fairy Dust and Fire Fade, Blue Lips randomizes its parent album into music which entails liberal use this trope.
  • Gratuitous Disco Sequence: Kit skates alone on the dance floor at the very start of Blue Lips.
  • Gratuitous Swedish: Guy impresses Ebba at the bar with whatever command of Swedish he's got. Justified as Guy's parents know the language, though he's a bit rusty himself.
  • Mushroom Samba: Inevitable given that this is a Tove Lo movie. Kit even hallucinates cartoons.
  • One Head Taller: Guy is this to Ebba.
  • Popping Buttons: Ebba has difficulty zipping up her jeans, even with Kit's help, and ends up taking it off and putting on more comfortable shorts instead.
  • Real Name as an Alias: Tove's character is named Ebba.
  • Rollerblade Good: Kit. Justified as she works at the roller skate rink.
  • Status Quo Is God: After spending the night with Guy, Ebba goes straight back to bed with Kit.
  • Unnaturally Blue Lighting: Ebba's dizzying "Cycles" sequence, just before the credits roll in. The Stinger has more colorful lighting.