Tove Lo's "Cool Girl" was inspired by Gone Girl (VIDEO).

Listen to Tove Lo’s Gone Girl–Inspired New Single, “Cool Girl”

Listen to Tove Lo’s Gone Girl–Inspired New Single, “Cool Girl”

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Aug. 4 2016 12:50 PM

Listen to Tove Lo’s Gone Girl–Inspired New Single, “Cool Girl”

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Tove Lo has released the first single off her still-untitled upcoming sophomore album, and it’s all about being a “Cool Girl.” The Swedish pop singer has said that the song was inspired by the film Gone Girl, which contains a famous monologue about “cool girls” taken straight from the pages of Gillian Flynn’s novel: “Cool Girls never get angry; they only smile in a chagrined, loving manner and let their men do whatever they want. Go ahead, shit on me, I don’t mind, I’m the Cool Girl.”

“I was thinking about it, and it’s really true,” Tove Lo told Rolling Stone. “Why do we try to be someone we're not to make someone love us? Would you want to fake yourself for the rest of your life?” The lyrics to the new single fit right in with Flynn’s description of the persona of the girl who is too cool to care—“You can run free/ I won’t hold it against you/ You do your thing/ Never wanted a future”—while also similarly challenging its authenticity: “Now you can’t tell if I’m really ironic.” And it’s all set to a dreamy, pulsing beat that makes it hard not to nod along.