Oops, no one is perfect. Seems we forgot Lykke Li in our Sophomore Slump feature. But judging from the first single from her upcoming album, titled Wounded Rhymes, there really is no slump to be feared, as “Get Some” is arguably her strongest single yet. Add to that her crossover appeal (she has played the girl part live for Peter Bjorn and John, covered Kings of Leon and had her song sung on American Idol), and you might have a sure thing from Swedish indie-pop sensation.
Wounded Rhymes was written in Los Angeles, a current hot spot for creative inspiration, she is still wrapping up the recording on the record, which features production work from PB&J’s B, or Bjorn Yttling. Crazy words, Sweden. Someone should really introduce Sweden to Wales, I think they would really hit it off.
In an interview with Pitchfork, Li details some of the thought going into the album, from her mood (“Right now I’m in Stockholm, and it’s so fucking cold and dark. I have such a dark mood in myself already so I don’t need things to be darker) to her role as a woman (“Because you’re a woman, the music industry puts you in another corner. I want to be fighting with the men. I want to be amongst the men, topless, throwing things onstage.”) Um, can we please get her onstage, like right now?
If one thing is clear, it is that Lykke Li is not going to be categorized, where she is drastically different form her countrymen, fellow popstars and the independent music scene. Check out this film she shot while writing the album that will only complicate her persona more. I don’t even need to bring up the “prostitute” line to get your attention. The video will also take you to the single’s download instructions. Get excited.
Lykke Li 2010/2011 Tour Dates:
12/01 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
03/09 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
04/04 Hamburg, DE @ Astra Kuluturhaus
04/06 Munich, DE @ Muffathalle
04/08 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
04/11 Cologne, DE @ Gloria
04/12 Bristol, UK @ Trinity
04/14 London, UK @ Shepherds Bush Empire
04/15 Leeds, UK @ Cockpit
04/16 Dublin, IE @ Tripod
04/18 Glasgow, UK @ Arches
04/19 Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
04/21 Paris, FR @ Le Cigale
04/25 Rennes, FR @ LAntipode
04/29 Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
04/30 Oslo, NO @ Rockefeller
05/02 Stockholm, SE @ Cirkus
05/15 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
05/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
05/17 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/20 Boson, MA @ Paradise
05/22 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
05/23 Chicago, IL @ Metro
05/26 Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
05/27 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
05/28 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05/30 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Center