This feature is taken from our Autumn schedule.

Beatrice Eli is funny, opinionated, questioning and looking to impress no one but herself. Well, other than perhaps her girlfriend, Silvana, a fellow up-and-coming Swedish popstar, with whom Eli is pictured on posters plastered all around Stockholm at the time of The 405's visit. We meet Eli at her local bar in Södermalm a couple of days before the release of her debut album, Die Another Day. Earlier in the afternoon the first few reviews from the Swedish press come in and it's an all-round thumbs up affair. It seems the two years or so Eli spent crafting the record have paid off, with her talent and songs being acknowledged and hyped by the relevant authorities in her homeland.

There's been appreciation outside of Scandinavia too, as Eli's debut EP, It's Over, received online applause from various corners of Europe, including the UK, last year. The question on Eli's mind, however, is whether the full-length set could ignite interest in the US, where she is due to give a showcase performance a few weeks hence. She worries that the Americans might let her sexuality overshadow all the good pop she's packed into Die Another Day. You hope that it wouldn't but who can say for definite?

We come to the interview armed with our list of favourites from the album and it soon transpires that it doesn't necessarily converge with Eli's own list. For example, when we quibble about the fact that the title track from It's Over didn't make it onto the record, she makes it clear that we are alone in loving the song. When we discuss a track she holds dear, however, she boasts the biggest grin of pride.

We've already written about the album's opening cut, 'Moment of Clarity', whose video premiered here back in September. Interestingly, it's the one song on the album which Eli had nothing to do with writing. When it was brought to her attention, relatively late in the day, it changed the whole album campaign strategy. Eli had already filmed a music video for the intended first single from the record, 'Die Another Day', when Eli's co-conspirator, Daniel Ledinsky played her a composition he'd originally written for himself four years earlier. He thought it would be better placed under Eli's patronage.

"It was weird even thinking about putting it on the album in the first place because I had this thing about having to have only songs that I had written or co-written myself," Eli says. "Daniel and I recorded it just one week before we sent the album for mastering and he then emailed me and said he knew I had 'Die Another Day' planned as the next single but that he thought I should go with 'Moment of Clarity', instead. So I sent it to some friends asking them for their opinion and they agreed. And we changed it. I'm so honoured to have it on my album and I am so honoured that Daniel wrote it and decided to give it to me!"

The title track of the album came about during a difficult period for Eli. "The album was supposed to be finished but I didn't feel that it was, yet," she explains. "The label gave me two more months to work on it and I was really depressed. Everything felt impossible, generally. There's a Swedish author called Ann Heberlein, who wrote a book I saw the title of: Jag vill inte dö, jag vill bara inte leva - it translates as 'I don't want to die I just don't want to live'. I had that in my head for about two years even though I hadn't read the book or seen the play they made out of it but I was drawn to the title and felt that way many times. Like, I am not going to commit suicide but I just don't want to exist. I really wanted that line to be in one of my songs. It was then actually really easy and quick to finish it. And it means so much to me, it was my survival song."

Another contender for the big song to toast the album announcement was 'Equality'. It also happens to be The 405's favourite on the record. "I do love that song, it's not like I don't," Eli reasons, "but I didn't feel it was right to be the single at the time. I heard a different version of it a couple of years ago. Daniel had a band called Happiness, which is a great name because all their songs are depressing [laughs] but I heard the song and fucking loved it." Ledinsky and his band decided not to release the song so Eli re-wrote it and kept it for herself. "It's really simple and the chorus is so annoying but also so addictive. It talks about feminism and feminism in Sweden, in particular. It's interesting for me to sing 'I don't care about equality' because I talk about it all the time and I don't want to have to talk about it anymore. I do think that there is more equality in Sweden than there is in the rest of the world but, still, we're not quite there yet. Swedish feminism is a couple of steps ahead of where Emma Watson's speech is at. I thought it was an important speech but it was interesting that it came from a white, successful actress. It wasn't a woman of colour or a gay woman saying those things."

If 'Equality' hints at Eli's political streak, then 'Girls' leaves no room for doubt on the matter (although it transpires that, for Eli, the reaction to the song is what made it much more political for her). First, The 405 suggests to Eli that when 'Girls' was released as a single, after a long hiatus, her sound was quite different to that on the EP which preceded it. As happens often during our interview, Eli disagrees. "No, I don't think so," she says. "I think 'Girls' and 'Violent Silence' have similarities in sound. I think the production is great, actually."

A coming out tale packaged within a catchy composition, it's an effective plot device in the Beatrice Eli pop career trajectory. "I needed to say the things that I said in it, the things I've been through. 'Girls' is not more honest than 'It's Over' but it's just that I am touching on a different subject, which most people don't talk about or most people don't feel - well, perhaps, as they say, only 10% of the population, or whatever. I didn't want to think about or talk about it as a 'lesbian song'. I just wanted to put it out there and let people understand for themselves. But then some people didn't. "I was a bit annoyed with the reaction to it. I thought, oh here I go talking about something very personal, something that could potentially hurt me having a career - well, maybe not in Sweden but possibly in the UK or in the US - and I'm saying all this stuff and putting myself on the line and then some people actually said it was, in fact, a heterosexual song, like 'don't mind her, boys, she's not really saying this'. Yes, the lyrics are very humorous, I have written a humorous song about coming out, so I guess I can't be mad at people for misinterpreting it in a humorous way but I think I was still a bit mad."

So, you're saying that people, essentially, thought about it in the same terms as Katy Perry's 'I Kissed A Girl'? "Yes", she says, "and 'I Kissed A Girl' is a great, great pop song but it's that lazy thing about females in music - people categorise you by point of reference and think, oh here's another female making pop music so let's compare her to this other girl that is doing something similar. But it was a guy who wrote her song. She's talking about being on a night out and saying to her guy "oops, I kissed a girl and that was fun but at the end of the night I'm still going to come home and fuck you." That is not what I am talking about. It annoys me musically and politically because I'm saying something completely different. What I'm saying to the guy is 'I'm sorry I don't want to be with you because I came to the conclusion that I like girls. I see girls everywhere'. It's a coming out song. The Katy Perry song is not a coming out song. It's about a girl who is straight who goes to the pub, has a kiss with a girl and then comes home to her boyfriend and she has to tell her boyfriend, 'it's not like I'm in love, I don't want to be in love with a woman, I just kissed her, that's all'. And I think for some people those nuances are hard to get.

"Maybe I should have said more specifically 'I'm a lesbian!' but it disappoints me that pop music isn't viewed as an intellectual way of saying things, because it is for me. I want people to listen to my music with an intellectual brain. I have high expectations from myself and also from other people and if they misunderstand things then I tell them so. The other thing to remember is that 'Girls' is really the only song on the album where I'm talking about this. I think that the rest of the album is much more universal in how anyone can relate to the sentiments that I am singing about. I don't think this is a 'lesbian album' or anything like that. It's an album that is not about being gay, it's about being a girl. Whether it's a girl in a relationship or not in a relationship, whatever. It's about ordinary things that ordinary people experience."

Exercising the right of stark contrast tracklisting, Eli follows a ballady, calm 'I'll Be Fine' with the frenetic and naughty 'Party In My Pants'. "They're so completely different," she says, "but, for me, the album is not about finding one room and staying in that room - it's about finding a whole building, exploring different things."

Some of the early reviews of Die Another Day in Sweden identified 'Trust Issues' as an album highlight. We ask Eli if it is one of hers. "No", she shakes her head. "I didn't even want to put it on the album but other people told me I should. So I thought to myself ok, ok, I am making all the decisions here, maybe I should let someone else make a decision for once," she chuckles. "It's a song about a difficult relationship I had and I wrote it very quickly. It's very sincere, which is maybe what people are catching on to."

We end our dissection of what we consider to be the notable tracks on Eli's debut with 'Violent Silence', which we touched on briefly earlier. "For me, 'Violent Silence' was the standout song from the EP," she says. "I love that song and I think it's still relevant to the sound on the album. The lyrics have so much more to them than the lyrics to, say, 'It's Over'. It felt natural to include it. I think 'The Conqueror' does have great lyrics but I don't like the melody and I don't like my voice on it. It was recorded quite a long time before the EP came out and, although I relate to the lyrics, I really don't relate to how the production sounds. 'It's Over' was also recorded a very long time ago and the interesting thing is that I don't play either of them live and there are reasons for that. I'm glad that other people like them - that's great - but I chose which songs will end up on the album for me and not for other people."

Die Another Day is out now on Razzia. Beatrice Eli plays play at Eurosonic Noorderslag in January 2015. For more information head here.