Today’s Song: Finding Rhythm and Soul with MØ in “Final Song”

MØ © Fryd Frydendahl

Summer will be upon us soon and the world is in great need of tropical-house jams to get us through the long, sweltering nights. Thankfully, our pop music prayers have been heard and Danish electronic pop artist, Karen Marie Ørsted, known by her stage moniker, MØ, has answered. With her recent release, “Final Song,” off of her so-new-it’s-not-titled-yet album, MØ has given her audience a sure to be summer hit. The title may seem a bit ominous, and almost worrisome to diehard fans, but oh, it is just the opposite. In fact, the song sounds like an exciting new beginning for MØ. After riding the wave of Diplo-produced dance party hits like “Kamikaze” and “Lean On,” it’s easy to welcome MØ back with open ears. “Final Song” sounds like a radio hit, but it has the ability to be so much more than just that.

Melodies on repeat; that’s what I hear when you’re by my side

Listen: “Final Song” – MØ


Soul and passion are driving forces for all great things. Unfortunately, some great things come to an end, but what if you fought for those passions? That is the inspiration behind “Final Song.” It’s not MØ saying goodbye to anyone or anything; instead, it is her fight song to keep those passions alive. As the first pre-chorus starts to build, it’s nearly impossible to stay still as the beat drops and MØ calls out “don’t let this be our final song.”

But when you’re gone the music goes
I lose my rhythm, lose my soul

"Final Song" single art - MØ

“Final Song” single art – MØ

The tropical-house tune doubles as an anthem for struggling lovers and for people who have lost that spark that fuels their very being. MØ savors every moment she has “under the disco light” and yeah, all good nights must come to an end, but she just can’t seem to let this one go. Imagine MØ grabbing you by the wrist, demanding that you fight to keep your inner fire fueled. She urges anyone and everyone who will listen to “hear [her] out before you say the night is over.” She needs that one person, or thing, to stay by her side because when they’re gone she loses herself, “rhythm and soul.” She is telling her audience to keep fighting for what they want, and she will do the same.

So hear me out before you say the night is over
I want you to know that we gotta, gotta carry on
So don’t let this be our final song

The artist sings with so much determination, one gets the feeling that she relates to the song on a deeply personal level. When MØ releases a track, it’s instantly recognizable as a MØ song. It’s clear that she is involved with each and every one of her songs on all levels. It’s truly an admirable artist trait. When Ørsted sings about her “rhythm and soul,” she could be drawing from past relationships or incidents that have affected her career since being in the spotlight. An instance that comes to mind is a TV performance she was apart of. Recently, in an interview with FADER Magazine, Ørsted reminisced about that awkward Saturday Night Live performance she had with larger-than-life rap star, Iggy Azalea. While performing their single “Beg For It,” MØ recalls looking “lost” and thinking “that was it” for her career. It clearly wasn’t true to her style and passion.

Lucky for music listeners everywhere, that wasn’t MØ’s final song. Being the fighter that she is, she instantly decided she needed to “get back on that damn horse” And she sure as hell did.

“Final Song” is an exciting preview of what we can expect on MØ’s next album. The MØ-esque tropical house beats, layered vocals, and fervent lyrics make for a hit that will be sure to set dance floors aflame this summer!

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Screenshot from "Final Song" visual - MØ

Screenshot from “Final Song” visual – MØ

:: MØ 2016 Tour Dates ::

06/04 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/02 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
07/14 – Southwold, UK @ Henham Park
07/15 – London, UK @ Lovebox
07/22 – Oro Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music & Arts Festival
08/11 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
08/20-21 – Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic
09/08 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
10/03 – Brussels, BE @ Anciennce Belgique
10/04 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
10/05 – Berlin, DE @ PBHFCLUB
10/07 – Hamburg, DE @ Mojo
10/09 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
10/11 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
10/12 – Leeds, UK @ University Stylus
10/14 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC
10/15 – Birmingham, UK @ The Rainbow
10/16 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
10/18 – Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club
10/19 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
10/20 – Bristol, UK @ SWX
10/22 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse
10/28 – Copenhagen, DK @ Forum
11/02 – Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
11/03 – Stockholm, SE @ Münchenbryggeriet
11/04 – Helsinki, FI @ The Circus
11/08 – Paris, FR @ Elysee Montmartre
11/15 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory in North Park
11/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory
11/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo
11/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
11/21 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
11/23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
11/30 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre
12/02 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
12/03 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
12/06 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

Regan is a 20 year old writer for Atwood Magazine as well as the local Los Angeles art & music magazine, Amadeus. She also runs her own small music blog called musikmusing.co. She loves all things having to with music and is an avid concert goer. She has a hunger for discovering new artists and is always interested in their roots, thought process, and why they do what they do. Regan loves movies, books, film scores, dogs, coffee, playing music, watching "Chopped," and pop music with substance. Her favorite artists are Marina and the Diamonds, Courtney Barnett, Daniel Johnston, Banks, the Smiths, Father John Misty, Grimes, Perfume Genius, and many many more. I hope my music choices make your ears happy!