California-based indie pop quartet Fialta’s second single of 2020 sees them take inspiration from two of the greatest Swedish pop legends: ABBA and Robyn. You can hear how they unite two classic artists from different eras on Modern Hero.
The song certainly has a very Scandipop quality to it. A bouncy melody grooves over a sensual bass line, giving the lead vocals – more Stevie Nicks than Agnetha – and divine harmonies added emotional energy. As you’d expect, the candyfloss confection of the arrangement underpins a more serious lyrical subject, giving Modern Hero the air of a classic sad banger anthem for millennials – and the rest of us.
Says Beth Leibovich, who sings lead vocals on the track, “When we wrote and recorded this song over a year ago, we were in a very different mental space than we are now. The lyrics are about discontentment with many aspects of modern life — tech bro culture, Instagram, online dating, the seemingly endless malaise experienced by millennials who are now in their thirties. We’re mocking ourselves a bit here. We contrasted the theme of the song musically with a retro, throw-back disco vibe. We’re big fans of Scandinavian power pop.”