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Rebecca and Fiona @ Wild Knight

Swedish EDM duo Rebecca and Fiona are excited about coming to America. Like, really excited. "It's so fun to come to America, [where EDM] is exploding, where the big audiences are," says Fiona Fitzpatrick. "Honestly, it's a bit scary because it's so out of control. We're used to playing to specific audiences, but when the audience is so big and open-minded, it's a different kind of performance." The two split their time between DJing parties (as they will do at Wild Knight in Scottsdale) and singing live, as they do on their new record, I Love You Man. The album has all the bleeps and bloops of modern dance music, but the production is anchored by classic pop songwriting along the lines of Phoenix and Vampire Weekend (both cited by Fitzpatrick as influences). "We wanted to make something that would last," Fitzpatrick says. "The electronic dance thing is very, uh, short-lived sometimes. A song is popular for a month and then people get tired of it, because it's so intensely played. All the DJs play it; it's all over the place. We wanted to make something that wasn't just contemporary, something you could have at home and listen to." But while the record is more ABBA than indie on the surface, Fitzpatrick says, there were some unlikely starting points. "We're very inspired by a band called Suicide," she says of the legendary electronic proto-punk duo of Alan Vega and Martin Rev. "It's so dark but melodic and catchy. We would almost call it party music, except it's really not." So should we expect an airing of "Frankie Teardrop" at the popular Scottsdale discothèque? Fitzpatrick laughs. "We wouldn't play Suicide at our shows."

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.