ACL Live Shot: MØ
Meet Danish electro-pop princess Karen Marie Ørsted
By Nina Hernandez,
10:02AM, Mon. Oct. 13, 2014
Somebody get this girl a bigger crowd, stat.
Doubling as MØ – pronounced “mooh” – Danish electro-pop princess Karen Marie Ørsted hypnotized brave souls at the Honda stage Sunday morning with crisp vocals and intricate beats. Heels swiveled in the mud trying to keep eyes on the 26-year-old singer as she bounced from note to note, a haphazard ponytail draped across one shoulder.
Pulling from March debut No Mythologies to Follow, Ørsted glowed on the rousing “Maiden.” Then she clambered down to the lawn and embraced the front row.
“Austin,” she yelled. “It’s so nice to meet you in person!”
Watching the minute shifts in the crinkle of her eyebrows – that’s half the show right there. After their collaboration on a new single, “Beg for It,” ACL Fest headliner Iggy Azalea tweeted her admiration of those eyebrows on Friday. Ørsted’s also worked with Diplo and Swedish heartthrob Avicii.
Feel her jitters during the sugary sweet “Walk This Way,” a raw energy that carries through the set. During “Glass,” she collapses on the stage, pops back up, then darts down to the front row again.
“Do you think you can catch me?” she screams. “Are you strong, people?” Propelled on her back by eager hands, the question turns out to have been rhetorical.
“I know this seems like the perfect ending, but I actually have one more song,” she admits, catching her breath.
Wrapped in intricate beats, her silky voice could’ve kept us there all day.