Last week, my favorite Swedish song seductress Lykke Li released her latest LP. I've been a fan of hers for years, since my later college days when I discovered her tunes on the intrawebs.
She has a very distinct percussive sensibility to her songwriting. Mixed with her sometimes sparse, sometimes bold vocal stylings she's carved a sound all her own.
'Silent My Song' sounds as if it was recorded in the midst of an industrial factory, with mechanical embellishes and vocal harmonies that build until the pain in the lyrics becomes a beautiful treasure.
'Unrequited Love' is a wonderful percussive ballad that sounds as if it was plucked right out of a 1950's dive bar. The decision to just flatly write about and title the song "Unrequited Love" was brilliant. So many times artists try to find the most poetic way to write within the theme. Lykke Li one-ups the process by stripping the emotion right down to the bare loneliness it entails.
She performed 'Get Some' on Conan one night last week, and the entire scene was mesmerizing. She and the band, clad all in black, slammed their way through the song with both wonderful energy and sudden pause for effect. Her backing vocalist was a visual treat all to herself, dressed as a modern day Wicked Witch of the West, toting a bullhorn.
The album is Wounded Rhymes. Click to buy the Deluxe LP. Trust me, it's worth it. Included are the bonus song 'Made You Move' as well as the hypnotizing music video for 'Get Some' as well as an untitled video art piece. The title comes from the seventh track, Saddness Is A Blessing. If you're already a fan of hers, you'll love the album. If you're new to her sound, do some research and listen to 'Little Bit' and 'I'm Good I'm Gone' then dive in to Wounded Rhymes.
As a bonus, watch this video for her song 'Possibility.' Despite this song's presence on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack, I absolutely love the longing in how the vocals are strewn overtop of the droning piano chords.
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