Meet the great, and probably only, Swedish nouveau cabaret jazz indie-pop electronic act with a cartoon voice.
Name: Cornelia (Cornelia Dahlgren)
Where She’s From: Sweden, based in London
Genre: Jazz-tinged indie-pop
Most Similar: Corinne Bailey Rae meets Cyndi Lauper meets Lykke Li
When She Started: 2011
Sounds Like: Is she flirting with me?
Maybe it’s the high pitched voice or the jazzy, vaguely tango’ed out rhythm, but Cornelia’s new single “Stormy Weather” feels somewhat coquettish, as if she’s singing it right at you with a knowing glance, and it makes you feel pretty damn great about yourself.
Cornelia comes from a jazz background, which explains the nouveau cabaret vibe of the single. In 2004 she appeared on Swedish Idol and climbed into the final rounds before realizing she wasn’t into the whole artificial star factory thing. It seems impossible to believe someone would make it that far only to defect, but if she hadn’t, Idol might still own her ass.
Point is, she has a fantastic, very meticulous soprano. (In fact, so deliberate is it that she has used it as a professional cartoon voiceover. Fun fact.)
She eventually founded her own label, Camp Mozart, and began dropping warm, inventive electro-pop tracks like “Aquarius Dreams,” a song that reminds you of being a kid with big beautiful fantasies of adulthood. “Stormy Weather” marks her latest, and is a delightful combination of drizzly jazz and playful electronics. She moved from Sweden to England at the behest of Jamie Woon, a big fan of her work.
Check out her single “Stormy Weather,” out on EP August 28.