Former punk and Sløtface bassist Lokoy shares his debut pop album badminton.
If you’re a fan of Scandinavian music, you already know Lokoy as Sløtface’s bassist. But for more than two years, the Norwegian multi-talented artist has also been working on his solo outlet with a series of thrilling releases. Today, Lokoy unveils his highly collaborative debut album, badminton, which features Safario, Moyka, Emilie Østebø and Sofus. Norwegian singer Nils Bech is also featured on the latest single “relay”, a buzzing bop combining African-inspired percussion and sampled Icelandic church choirs. About the track, Lokoy detailed:
“The lyrics place me in the centre of a huge stadium surrounded by spectators. It’s just before I’m going to run a relay race and I’m regretting signing up for it. I wanted that imagery to mirror the insecurity I sometimes feel for my own appearance and the constant comparison/competition I have towards myself and others around me. I have a specific idea on how I’d like to be seen, but often that idea falls through with the reality. The line “I’m always running from the replay” – for example, refers to how uncomfortable it is to hear one’s own voice, or watch oneself on film. This often breaks with my own image of how I’m sounding and acting. I believe this feeling is quite common, and something many people experience. I want to appear as good as the others in the room, and when I can’t, it feels like a loss. “I went the wrong way, you went the runway” shows this constant comparison and the feeling that you are never quite good enough compared to others.”