There are some things I love to say, like “More bacon, please” or “I’m on the list” or “I’m not coming into work.” But today, I get to say, “Robyn is back,” and that feels pretty damn good.
For the first time since 2010, Robyn dropped new music, an appropriately named song, “Missing U,” as an acknowledgment of her extended absence for her fans. Two Olympic cycles may have passed, but ‘Missing U’ feels like a natural extension of where she left off with Body Talk. The track is part teenage anthem, part 80’s aerobics video soundtrack, and a little dark corner of the club thrown in for good measure. In other words, its everything that makes Robyn keep us all coming back.
Accompanying the track is a short film about a group of people in Williamsburg, New York that puts on a regular Robyn-themed party with enough fans to circle a city block outside of the Brooklyn Brewery, who get the surprise of a lifetime when they campaign via voicemail to get Robyn to appear at one of their parties. It’s a really sweet video where you get to see an artist experiencing and reacting to praise directly from her fans. She adds,
“‘Missing U’ is a song about this trippy thing that happens when people disappear, it’s like they become even more clear and you see them everywhere.”
‘Missing U’ is out now on Konichiwa/Interscope Records. You can listen to the premiere of the track from Annie Mac’s show on BBC Radio 1 featuring an interview with Robyn about the track and her upcoming plans.
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