New Sounds: Skott practices her pop poker face in ‘Stay Off My Mind’


Giving us “feels from strawberry fields,” Swedish pop up-and-comer Skott has rolled out the video for “Stay Off My Mind,” an ironic Carly-Rae-Jepsen-level earworm. But disregard the rosy facade of the track; despite the more obvious idea that the song laments the loss of an ex, the singer recently revealed that it actually chronicles her anguish following the passing of a close friend. The title track of her debut EP, released January 12, presents an image of vexed solitude despite a piano riff that won’t quit.

“Ultimately it’s a song about missing someone so much that you’re living more in the past than in the present,” Skott says. “It’s bittersweet because we can have such fond memories, but life goes on and sometimes having flashbacks can keep you from moving on.”

Compared to last year’s “Glitter & Gloss,” the tune definitely feels lighter without those hard synth lines, but in reality, might be just as emotionally massive. Peep the entire video and Skott in all her badass biker glory, as well as the EP cover artwork, below, and check out her upcoming spring dates with the eminently photographable MØ in the United Kingdom and Ireland here.