It has been dubbed as Zara Larsson’s grand return to pop. Following a mammoth debut album So Good, in 2017 – a project that earned the Swedish pop princess “the second most-streamed debut on Spotify by a female artist ever” – Larsson has been quietly working towards her next big release. Recent years have seen the artist drop singles such as ‘Like It Is’, ‘All The Time’ and most notably the smash hit, ‘Ruin My Life’ but as she lets slip in an interview with GRAZIA, an album could be on its way. And it begins with the launch of her most confident and dynamic track yet, ‘Love Me Land’.
“This new track was inspired by me falling in love and you know, when you break up with someone and you think, ‘I will never find a person like this again’,” Larsson reveals to GRAZIA. “Ta-da there they come! And you end up in this world of everything feeling fuzzy. You don’t have to eat, you don’t have to sleep, everything is just walking on clouds and you’re in this headspace of just being completely carefree and happy. You just want to be with this person and how dare this person be this amazing.”
Hailing from Sweden’s capital of Stockholm, where house music from the likes of the late Avicii, Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Knows and Axwell is so prominent, Larsson was drawn to pop – another massive institution of sound in the Scandinavian country. With one studio album and another suspected to be on the way, plus a slew of accolades under her diamonte encrusted briefs, it is hard to believe Larsson is just 22-years-old.
After winning Talang – translated to Sweden’s Got Talent – at the age of 10, the blonde bombshell immediately chased the dream of making music. It is this drive and grit which has landed her under the spotlight today, and she credits that to “persistence and stamina”. “You can have a lot of talent but what really takes you far is the grit to not give up and keep showing up and keep working and staying late in the studio. And if you ever get a chance to write a song, take every opportunity,” she declares.
Three years on from the debut of her full-length project, Larsson now believes she is more “hands-on” in the creation of her work and though she explains to GRAZIA that this new release isn’t quite a brand new era of ‘Zara Larsson’, it is “more defined and more polished but same old me.”
From dancing in a sheer body suit, layered with diamontes in her new film clip, to a low-key Zoom chat in her home, GRAZIA’s Rebekah Clark talks to Zara Larsson on falling in love, growing up and what’s next for the young artist.
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‘Love Me Land’ is out now. For more from Zara Larsson, visit her website here.