Swedish pop star Tove Lo released her new single “Cool Girl” on Thursday (Aug. 4), and the upbeat pop single is inspired by the decidedly downbeat movie Gone Girl.
The song — from the Tove’s upcoming, yet-untitled sophomore album — plays on the typical summer bubblegum pop sound the music world yearns for yet with lyrics depicting a numb, going-nowhere relationship that acts as a slap in the face to the “ideal woman” (or “cool girl”).
“I’m totally fine with the gray area,” Tove Lo said in an interview with Rolling Stone about the fake love depicted in the single. “That’s usually where it’s effortless. 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.”
“Cool Girl” was inspired by a monologue from Gone Girl, in which — as Lo describes to Rolling Stone — “She’s gone full psycho, and she’s sitting there talking about, ‘He wanted a cool girl, so I ate pizza. I drank beer. I made a size 2. I didn’t give a f— that he checked out other women.'”
With lyrics like “Let’s not put a label on it/ Let’s keep it fun” and “I wanna be free like you/ I’m a cool girl,” the catchy pop single is rolling its eyes at that “cool girl” image. Lorde has already given her stamp of approval, calling “Cool Girl” the “pop song of the summer.”
guys @ToveLo is casually about to drop the pop song of the summer
— Lorde (@lorde) August 3, 2016
Listen to Tove Lo’s “Cool Girl” below: