To put it lightly, Pauline Skött has been waiting for this. Releasing singles as simply Skott since 2016 – complete with plenty of the charm and fun that so often seems innate within Swedish pop – it's taken her until now to release a genuine collection of her work. At fifteen minutes and just four songs, it's a brief affair, but her small victory rings loudly.

Whether the lengthy wait for this, her Stay Off My Mind EP, was due to a deliberate period of preparation or biding time until she was in a position to be able, the years of gestation have bestowed a confidence in Skott often absent in singer's earliest projects. She makes the absolute most of the tight running time, accomplishing in moments what many struggle to do across an entire album.

Released in support of an upcoming tour with MØ, her songwriting was largely inspired by the death of a friend. Title track 'Stay Off My Mind' – built around a Peter Bjorn and John sample – plays something like a furtive, starry-eyed love song, only revealing the grief behind it upon close inspection, making it a clever, concealed thorn of emotive pop upon multiple returns, capable of taking on whichever meaning the listener is in need of.

Even dwelling on the heaviest of subjects, Skott's voice is ever feather light, seeming to drift over the lush backdrops of the EP. That is, until she turns her vocals to something of a snarl for bits of the chorus to 'In the Mood', only to drift seamlessly back into her comforting softness. It makes for a jarringly catchy tune, cottony guitar and muted wailing swirling distantly behind her.

'Russian Soul', complete with Eastern-sounding strings, explores a relationship in the early hours, “Sleeping in and listening to Russian soul", and offers the simplest of truths about time alone with a loved one: "We become each other". Skott opens the door for the listener to feel the same, and leaves us with a sudden urge to explore some Russian soul music.

Already, we've arrived to 'This Vibe', which perfectly closes Stay Off My Mind with a moody R&B backing that isn't much of a stretch to imagine Anti-era Rihanna mercilessly cavorting over. Skott, however, sees fit to bring her embracing humanity to the liaison, leaving us with a warm, wistful feeling as we inevitably leave the shelter of this brief slice of pop as inner peace.

While this may be a bite sized offering, it serves as the perfect introduction to a singer many may yet still be unfamiliar with. Best seen as something of a teaser for things to come, it couldn't be a more enticing invitation to the eventual main attraction. Skott only continues to add fire to the 'Sweden does it best' pop argument, and presents herself without hesitation.