Considering that 26-year-old Danish songstress Mø was a huge Spice Girls fan growing up and started an electropunk duo called MOR at age 18, her current sound makes perfect sense: catchy indie pop anchored by soaring hooks, bubbling with the chaos and restlessness of youth. Karen Marie Ørsted has been making music as Mø since 2009, but the project started gaining steam in 2012, when Ørsted joined forces with producer Ronni Vindahl for the soul-baring “Maiden.” Her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, followed earlier this year—a pop manifesto that combines Ørsted’s past wanderings into a single lush journey. Live, she summons her punk upbringing to electrifying result, complete with air punches and ponytail whips.
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