It has now been eight years since Robyn released Body Talk, the album that collected the best jams from a three-EP series. Since then, the Swedish pop queen has been a constant presence, her music showing up in soundtracks and on dancefloors. She’s kept recording, too, releasing the odd single or collab. But it’s been eight damn years since the last Robyn album, and eight years is too long. Next month, the drought finally ends. Robyn has a new album.
Robyn has been working on the new album Honey for years, and she promised on Twitter way back in February that it would finally come out this year. She’s making good on that promise. Honey started with a song, also titled “Honey,” that Robyn recorded specifically for the final episode of HBO’s Girls. We still haven’t heard the full studio version of the song, though Robyn has been performing it live. Thus far, the only full song from Honey that we’ve heard is “Missing U,” the single that Robyn released last month.
Robyn recorded Honey in Stockholm, London, Paris, New York, and Ibiza. She worked on it with producers like Kindness mastermind Adam Bainbridge, Metronomy’s Joseph Mount, regular collaborator Klas Åhlund, Swedish rave beatmaker Mr. Tophat, and her own protege Zhala. Here’s what Robyn says about the album in a statement:
this sweet place, like a very soft ecstasy. Something that’s so sensual, and so good. I danced a lot when I was making it. I found a sensuality and a softness that I don’t think I was able to use in the same way before. Everything just became softer.
Honey is out 10/26 on Konichiwa/Interscope.