The Swedish artist just released ‘Cool Girl,’ a track off her untitled, upcoming sophomore album. The song’s chorus repeats, “I’m a cool girl, I’m a – I’m a cool girl, ice cold, I roll my eyes at you, boy” over a bouncy, upbeat track. Detailing the typical play-out of casual relationships where one person wants exclusivity and the other just wants to have fun and play games, Tove Lo took inspiration from the popular book-turned-film, ‘Gone Girl.’
She recently disclosed to Rolling Stone that the title and chorus, however, were inspired by a darker place in ‘Gone Girl.’
“…She’s gone full psycho,” she said, “and she’s sitting there talking about ‘He wanted a cool girl, so I ate pizza. I drank beer. I made a size two. I didn’t give a f*** that he checked out other women.’ I was thinking about it, and it’s really true. Why do we try to be someone we’re not to make someone love us? Would you want to fake yourself for the rest of your life? That’s f***ed up. Even though she’s creepy, I kind of thought it was funny that it’s just very common to see that.”
She continued to explain that the “gray area” mentioned in the song was a personal influence for her. It represents the point in relationships where both people are playing the game but are not fully in love with one another.
“I’m totally fine with the gray area,” she said. “That’s usually where it’s effortless. [In the song], I can tell that he’s trying to play this game with me, and I’m like ‘Yeah, go ahead. Do your thing. I’m being chill.’ But then in the bridge, I reveal that’s not what I want. I want to have a fire. I want to feel that.”
You can listen to ‘Cool Girl’here.