Fresh from the release of her third album Sway – and just days after supporting Katy Perry on a huge European arena tour – Swedish singer Tove Styrke packed out London’s modest Borderline basement for a full-on show of pop creativity.
She performed songs from across her back catalogue, including older songs such as opener Borderline (appropriately enough for the venue) and a stripped-back, reworked version of Ego. But the evening predominantly belonged to her latest album, with I Lied, On The Low, Changed My Mind, and Say My Name all strong moments during a highly consistent set. She even managed to throw in her version of Lorde song Liability, as well as a a rendition of Alma‘s song Good Vibes, a release on which Styrke guested. There was admittedly a palpable sense of disappointment in the room that Alma wasn’t introduced for a special appearance on the night but hey ho…
She ended the main part of the set with album title track Sway, something of an anthem from an album that is a personal and at times very sensual listen.
But as much as the new album was rightly showcased, Styrke has been doing this long enough to know exactly how to send her fans home happy, coming back on stage for a single song encore of the raucous Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You from second album Kiddo.
As our interview with Styrke last month revealed, her band set-up for this show took a new, rather more electronically-focused direction. It meant some of her material was presented a little more softly and more nuanced. What certainly hasn’t changed though is the energy, and slick style with which she delivers live performances. Her loyal fans have come to expect nothing less.
Setlist: Borderline / Mistakes / Ego / Number One / Liability / I Lied / On The Low / Good Vibes / Endless / Changed My Mind / On A Level / Say My Name / Sway // Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You
Photos by Martin Allen for Sync