Friday November 18th, 2011 15:58

Live Clip: Lykke Li

Lykke Li

Yet another incendiary performance piece from Swedish ingenue Lykke Li now, whose sophomore album, ‘Wounded Rhymes’ hasn’t stopped gathering in pace and popularity since its acclaimed release last year. Lykke opted to grace ‘Letterman’ with one of the slowest, darkest songs on the LP, captivating the audience with an evocative run-through of its spectral finale, ‘Silent My Song’.

She was flanked by an all-girl goth choir who are, in fact, her touring partners and Swedish countrywomen, First Aid Kit. A formidable outfit in their own right, the sisterly duo are set to release their own album, ‘The Lion’s Roar’ on December 6. You can stream its title track here.

But, since it’s really Lykke Li you came here to see, you can do so below.

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Thursday August 4th, 2011 16:00

Live Clip: Lykke Li

Lykke Li

We can always rely on Lykke Li to deliver novel visual takes on tracks from her sophomore LP ‘Wounded Rhymes’, and the moon-dwelling Swede has won out again in the originality department with an acoustic clip for penultimate album cut ‘Jerome’. No less arresting than past promos for revious ‘Wounded Rhymes’ singles ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’ and ‘Get Some’, Lykke draws us into a sparsely-lit realm of shadowy vibraphones and haunting three-part harmonies as she and her backing singers deliver the bare-bones breakup lament. Watch it below.

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Thursday July 7th, 2011 11:58

First Look: Lykke Li

Lykke Li

For those who haven’t yet discovered Swedish songbird Lykke Li’s excellent new album ‘Wounded Rhymes’, Lykke has offered up a fine segue into her music in the form of a batch of performance clips broadcast live from the surface of the moon. Yes, the moon.

Unimpeded by the rocky lunar terrain and general lack of breathable air, Lykke and her intrepid crew of astronauts (bandmates) deliver sparse but beautiful renditions of ‘Wounded Rhymes’ gems ‘I Follow Rivers’ and ‘I Know Places’, shot with a monochrome, soft-focus treatment that really enhances the otherworldliness of the songs and lends the clips an air of vintage elegance.

Check out Lykke’s latest ‘Live On The Moon’ take of ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’ below.

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Thursday April 28th, 2011 09:58

Blog Pick: Lykke Li

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Scandinavian soul child Lykke Li’s new video for ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’ is currently winding its way about the web, having emerged earlier today. The clip shows the ‘Wounded Rhymes’ singer dancing tipsily around a restaurant, while the stuffed-shirt clientele look on disapprovingly. It really is great.

This portrait of Lykke in tip-top physical shape follows an announcement from the songstress regarding a recent “meltdown” brought on by ongoing health problems, which caused her to cancel several live dates.

In a blog entry posted on her website yesterday, she wrote: “For various reasons, various hardships sneaked up on me and I was standing at an isle contemplating life and death and the struggles of being an artist/soul/woman/human being when the overbearingness sneaked up on me like Batman himself”.

The “overbearingness” she speaks of seems to be a combination of “severe lumbago”, a “troubled hip joint”, flu and unspecified back-related issues. All of which amount to her being very unwell. Assuming she’s feeling better by then, Lykke will kick off her US tour on May 15.

In the meanwhile, you can watch the ‘Sadness Is A Blessing’ vid here.

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Wednesday April 13th, 2011 11:14

New Cover: Lykke Li

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In a compelling recent session at MTV Unplugged, kooky Swedish songstress Lykke Li performed songs from her acclaimed new album ‘Wounded Rhymes’, as well as a haunting rendition of ‘Possibility’, a standout from the ‘Twilight: New Moon’ soundtrack. She also opted for a left field cover version in ‘Velvet’,  which originated with British alt-rockers The Big Pink. “I really relate to the lyrics,” Lykke said of the song, “and felt that there was a power ballad somewhere in there, so I decided to bring it out.” Get an earful of Lykke’s interpretation of ‘Velvet’ over on the MTV website.

And if the name The Big Pink rings a bell, it’s because their single ‘Dominoes’ was just sampled by Nicki Minaj on her new track ‘These Girls Fall Like Dominoes’. Recognise it?

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