Robyn — the Swedish teen idol turned hipster pop queen — has a very Robyn way of describing how working with Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp helped her get out of a creative funk.
“Well, first, I was like, sad smiley,” she says, “and then I became happy smiley.”
Robyn and Royksopp — Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland — are calling from backstage at “The Tonight Show,” where they just finished soundchecking for their performance Monday of synthy single “Do It Again,” off their mini-album of the same name. They’re in the midst of a joint tour (stopping at Wolf Trap on Thursday) and are clearly relishing the opportunity to spend some quality time together.
“It’s exciting,” Brundtland says. “To us, it feels like a new addition to our lives.”
You could describe the music of “Do It Again,” a five-song, 35-minute effort released in May, the same way. Though the trio have worked together before (on songs like “The Girl and the Robot” and “None of Dem”), “Do It Again” sounds brand new.
Opener “Monument” clocks in at almost 10 minutes and features a lengthy saxophone solo. Closer “Inside the Idle Hour Club” doesn’t even utilize Robyn’s voice. Only the title track approaches the club-ready sound that made Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend” massive hits.
“It’s not necessarily limited or tied that strongly to the different formulas in electronic music,” Brundtland says. “We just feel completely freed from that, in a sense. I guess that’s our sound, just to be free like that.”
All three contributed to every aspect of recording and songwriting and left their egos out of the equation.
“It’s definitely a less compartmentalized process than people would think,” Berge says.
In other words, they hung out and just let the music happen.
“We all just really enjoy each other’s company,” Robyn says. “It’s very simple. You have friends, right? So when you’re with a friend that you like, do you think about how that relationship works? You just kind of enjoy it, right?”
After the tour wraps at the end of the month, they’ll all go back to making new music. For Robyn, there’s an EP she worked on with Swedish producer Christian Falk, who died last month. For Royskopp, there’s an LP due out this fall called “The Inevitable End.”
“We all like to think that we’re going to make even better music in the future,” Robyn says. “We all want to avoid this kind of romantic way of describing [‘Do It Again’]: that we saved each other, that we found a home. We just like to say that we like each other a lot and we’re friends.”
So for now, as Robyn might say, they’re all happy smiley.
Dancing on their own, then together
Unlike Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, in which Mr. and Mrs. Carter collaborated and traded off solo songs throughout each concert, Robyn and Royksopp’s joint tour is structured more traditionally. The evening begins with Royksopp’s set, followed by Robyn performing solo, and then, finally, the three join together for a mini-set of collaborations, including 2009’s “The Girl and the Robot” and tracks off of “Do It Again.”
Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; Thu., 8 p.m., $35-$55.
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