Dark Light

Released: 2018

Stepping straight into Tove Styrke’s magnetic whirlpool of energy and desire, “Say My Name” captures the essence of infatuation and the tantalizing dance of attraction. This intoxicating track takes a deep dive into the raw euphoria of early-stage relationships, where every touch feels like ‘elevation’ and saying each other’s name becomes a potent incantation of affection.

From the gate, Styrke lets us know her stance: “You said you ain’t the one to jump in a relation” – she’s in a situation where her partner is reluctant to commit. But she ain’t tripping ’bout it. When they touch, it’s “elevation,” a lyrical metaphor hinting at the intoxicating high their connection brings. The repetition of “up, up” emphasizes the uplifting impact the relationship has on her.

Styrke continues to unpack the dynamics of their connection in “You speak my lingo, we don’t need no translation.” Here she’s talking about a deep understanding between them, almost like they vibing on the same frequency. And when she says the relationship “feels like vacation,” she’s communicating the ease and escapism their encounters provide.

The hook of the song, “Say my name,” acts as a chorus doubling down on her craving for intimacy. She wants him to ‘wear her name out like a sweater,’ symbolizing her desire for him to constantly have her on his mind and lips, much like a favorite sweater worn over and over. The line “spill it out like a drink you should’ve skipped” is a clever twist, hinting she wants to be his guilty pleasure, the indulgence he can’t help but surrender to.

Her desire ain’t all that simple though. Tove isn’t looking to hear his entire life story or inherit his baggage when she sings “Don’t need no list of where you’ve been.” She’s navigating her own feelings, admitting that while she’s not in love, she loves the situation. A perfect depiction of those complex feelings of a casual relationship where emotions start stirring up the game.

Overall, “Say My Name” by Tove Styrke explores the heady euphoria and complex dynamics often found in early, non-committal relationships. It celebrates the giddy elation, calling out for acknowledgement and a deeper connection, whilst still appreciating the lightness and freedom present in such arrangements. Above all, it shows how even temporary affection can thrive on reciprocation, brought to life simply through repeatedly expressing each other’s name with reverence and desire.