Tove Lo Releases Hypnotizing Short Film ‘Fairy Dust’

Tove Lo Releases Hypnotizing Short Film ‘Fairy Dust’

Watch the stunning and provocative NSFW film now.

Watch the stunning and provocative NSFW film now.

Text: Jake Viswanath

This week, Tove Lo released her first short film, Fairy Dust, directed by Tim Eram. But you may not know about it as it got reported for sexual content and was flagged by YouTube. People are such prudes, but don’t let this little unnecessary block deter you from signing in and watching.

The Swedish pop wunderkind separated her dazzling new album Lady Wood into two halves: “Fairy Dust,” which outlines the fiery and spine-tingling beginnings of a new relationship, and “Fire Fade,” about the resulting comedown and destruction of a doomed but irresistible connection. True to the part of the record it was named after, Fairy Dust is an intense, suspenseful look into the complicated dynamics of new and often fucked up love.

“My short film about the never ending escape and all the rushes and pain that comes with it,” Tove said in a statement. “I always dreamt about doing something like this, and that I get to share this with all of you now feels unreal.” The film, which highlights the first five songs of Lady Woodtakes her through desert motel rooms, moonlit LA streets, and underground raves as she goes through all the motions that could arise from a fresh romance.

She explores a newfound attraction to a bitter yet exciting lover, Lorna (actress Lina Esco), to the hypnotic pulses of “Influence,” deals with sexual obsession and jealousy in a promiscuous club during the addictive bounce of “Lady Wood,” and faces the realization of her dangerous love affair in a thrilling scene set to thundering electro-ballad “True Disaster.” Throughout the film, Tove and her crew serve up sensual and acrobatic choreography that perfectly encapsulates the brooding and passionate tones of Lady Wood.

The film also incorporates her latest hit single “Cool Girl,” giving context to a video everyone was initially confused by, and her collaboration with up-and-coming artist Joe Janiak, “Vibes,” which soundtracks the film’s mysterious yet evocative conclusion. Tove follows it with the debut of “What I Want for the Night (Bitches),” a track from next year’s planned Lady Wood sequel, during the end credits, which must be seen to be believed (no spoilers here).

Given Tove’s penchant for telling emotional stories of love, sex, and betrayal on her albums, and the trend of artists using short films as their preferred visual medium, this move was inevitable. Fairy Dust is a raw, beautiful, and proudly provocative exploration of sexual desire, obsession, denial, and pain, not entirely unlike what we experience today. There is likely much more to be delved into on repeat viewings, but after this debut showing, we can only hope for more from the pop sensation.

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