New Artist Alert: Sharks’ Sophomore Single “Rebel” is a Triumph


Check out Sharks’ second release, the outstanding “Rebel”.

As we all well know, the best pop music comes from Sweden and new(ish) duo on the block Sharks are no exception to the rule.

A clattering slice of crazed electro-pop, “Rebel” is a sound that’s been sorely missing from 2015’s musical landscape. Borrowing the defiant attitude of fellow Swedes Robyn and Tove Lo and throwing a fair amount of Xenomania-esque production in the mix for good measure, Sharks would appear to be onto a winning formula. Indeed it’s the kind of sound that acts like Icona Pop have used to cross over into larger European and American markets, so this could be the start of something exciting for Sharks.

Lyrically the song is a rebellious affair (no shock there) as the duo brag about their non-conformity, but it’s in its instrumental that “Rebel” really shines. Flitting back and forth between sparse, dub-influenced dance breakdowns and an acoustic chorus, the track is reminiscent of Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” or Marina and the Diamonds’ “Primadonna”.

It’s the second single from the enigmatic pair, the first being last year’s “Wait” which, although also a brilliant effort, failed to make any meaningful chart impact. Hopefully “Rebel” will fair a better fate.

The catchy euro-pop masterpiece is taken from Sharks’ forthcoming debut EP which is due out at some point this year, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

What do you think of “Rebel”?