|Over the years, Denmark has been the home to many different artists and singers who push basic creative boundaries. Whether it’s Volbeat, a foursome that fuses metal and rockabilly, the experimental rhythms of The Raveonettes, and the perpetually hard to define sounds of Mew, these acts helped make the country a hotbed for new and progressive music. The latest Danish sensation to pick up the mantle is Karen Marie Aagaard Ørsted Andersen, who performs as MØ.
The pop madness begins
Andersen was born on Aug. 13, 1988, in Ubberd, Funen, Denmark. While she was immediately pulled into the arts, Andersen comes from a family of doctors, teachers, and psychologists. Her first professional work with music came in the mid-2000s, when Andersen released a series of experimental tracks and other pieces. These included tunes like “Polly get Your Gun” and “Garbage King,” as well as a collection of other random tracks. While these were mostly self-released pieces scattered across online, they present the early version of Andersen’s unique and emotionally stirring brand of synthpop. Eventually, Andersen joined forces with musicians Josefine Struckman to form MOR. The duo released two EPS - Madness Hours and Fisse I Dit Fjæs - before going their separate ways in late 2012. At that time, Andersen officially launched her solo career.
Starting her own mythologies
After spending several months writing and recording various songs, Andersen released “Glass” in spring 2013. That offering was quickly followed by several other tracks, including “Waste of Time” and “Pilgrim,” all of which helped establish Andersen as an exiting prospect across Denmark. By the end of 2013, Andersen released her first official EP, Bikini Daze, which she supported with tour dates across the U.K., including those with fellow pop experimentalists AlunaGeorge. In spring 2014, Andersen unveiled her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, a collection of power pop and electronic ballads brimming with a certain grace and intensity. Not only did the album perform well among critics, but it also peaked at No. 2 on the Danish pop charts and No. 11 on Australia’s Hit seekers chart. In support, Andersen then spent much of 2014 performing all across the world.
Dancing around the world
In 2015 and 2016, Andersen remained hard at work on her sophomore LP as she worked alongside other artists. She released several songs, supposedly as part of album No. 2, including the “Final Song” and “Kamikaze,” which was produced by Diplo. In July 2016, she teamed up with Diplo and pop star Justin Bieber to release the single “Cold Water.” The track later won the Billboard Music Award for Top Dance/Electronic Song. In the time since, Andersen’s continued to release various tracks, including “Drum” in late 2016 and “Don’t Leave,” a collaboration with the producer Snakehips, in early 2017. Along the way, she continued to tour with some frequency, including an extended U.S. run across spring 2017.
While having that famous Danish lineage helps, MØ is nonetheless a singular talent who makes some genre-pushing pop music that’s beloved by millions everywhere.