Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Most recent release, I Never Learn (2014)
Lykke Li's site
Not sure. She's received comparisons to Feist, iamwhoiami, Banks, Grimes, Lana del Rey, Sky Ferreira, Oh Land, Ellie Goulding, and Marina and the Diamonds, among others.
Own and co-written
Should definitely appeal to all fans of Feist, New Buffalo, and Emiliana Torrini. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Comments about live performance:
When an artist doesn't know enough songs to fill 55 minutes (including two covers and juvenalia), it's perhaps a sign that they're being hyped too early. Watching Lykke Li is fun—the shabby punk guitar and drums mixed with electronic pop and hip hop can highlight both rhythm and melody. "Little bit", "I'm good I'm gone", "Dance dance dance" and a couple other songs had the audience bouncing along and smiling. She wore a black leotard and tights, towering pumps and layers of fat gold necklaces, but even when shaking her hips and poking her breasts with her drumstick, she seemed un-coquettish. Lykke frowned lots, attacked the drums, shook and whacked hand-held percussion instruments, sang with a megaphone and worked the whole stage, which was in the round. She's furiously energetic, with mad dancing that's both silly theater (hand to forehead, hair tossing, fist pumping) and the jerky kicks and flailing of someone who is happy to dance for themselves, unconcerned what they look like. Then there are the teenage ballads, where Lykke thumps the air like a heavy metal diva, the reverb struggles to cover wobbling notes and boost her airy voice, and audience members snigger or wander off for beer. They closed with "Can I kick it?" (A tribe called quest). We supplied Lou Reed's doo doo-doos. Cute, but ways to go. (2008, email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
Björn Yttling —vibraphone (1); acoustic guitar (1-5, 8, 9, 14); celeste (1, 3, 6, 8); piano (1, 3, 6, 8, 10-14); synthesizer (1, 3, 5, 10, 11); snare (2); backing vocals (2, 5, 11, 14); percussion (3, 6, 7); electric bass (3, 5, 6, 10-12); drums (4); string arrangement (5, 11); harpsichord (5, 8); organ (6); rock-si-chord (6, 14); keyboards, mandolin (7); foot stomp (8); flute, trumpet (12)
Björn Yttling, Lasse årtén
Completely infectious—the charm of Björk but more accessible while still quirky. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Zhala Rifat—backing vocals (1-7, 9, 10)
Lykke Li showed such huge promise on her first release—this is still quite good, but didn't quite live up the potential I'd hoped for. One of the best albums of the year. (email@example.com)
I Never Learn
Lykke Li—vocals and harmonies
Björn Yttling—acoustic guitar, taurus, zither, piano, electric bass, mellotron, sitar,percussion
Lykke Li (1-9); Björn Yttling (1-4, 6-9); Greg Kurstin (5, 9)
Has a lot of songs that seem to drag on without going anywhere. Rating: 47/100. Best track: "No Rest for the Wicked." (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Compilation work includes:
Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.
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