Sweden’s Lykke Li recorded her first album Youth Novels when she was twenty-one. It was released in Europe in June 2008 and later that year in the US. The following year, Li won Studio8’s Female Voice of February. She was also nominated for the 2009 Meteor Music Award for Best International Female. In 2011 Li released Wounded Rhymes and won the Swedish Grammy Awards for both Best Artist and Best Album. She also took home the Festival Anthem of the Year for her song “I Follow Rivers” off of the album at the European Festivals Awards. Her third record I Never Learn was released in 2014.
She also appears on Röyksopp’s 2009 album Junior, a 2012 Fleetwood Mac tribute album and David Lynch’s 2013 record The Big Dream. In 2010 Li collaborated with Kleerup on the song “Until We Bleed.” She also contributed to the Swedish artist collective and record label INGRID’s compilation album Volym 1.
Over the course of her career, Li has been featured on Last Call with Carson Daly, Later… with Jools Holland, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Lykke Li at Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020
Time: 8:00 PM
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Lykke Li’s latest album was released in May. I Never Learn is the Swedish singer/songwriter’s third album, and she heads out on a tour of North America in support of the release this summer/fall. She’ll head to the US on August 1st with a performance at Lollapalooza, but before that Lykke Li will appear at several European festivals in June and July. She’ll arrive in Philly at the beginning of October with a performance at Union Transfer on October 1st.
I Never Learn is Lykke Li’s third installment of her trilogy which began with 2008’s Youth Novels. Though her music was riveting and quickly spreading across the globe, it was perhaps Lykke Li’s live performance which drew the most amount of attention. TIME Magazine called her “a mystical, mesmerizing performer.” She managed to captivate audiences with her emotionally raw, yet simple set up. Each iteration of her trilogy has been met with critical acclaim. And this latest addition is no different.
Lykke Li announced her third album back in January stating that the trilogy chronicled “a woman in her twenties and her search for love and herself.” (Her second album, Wounded Rhymes, was released in 2011.) Li has described her latest work as a collection of “power ballads for the broken,” having been written as she was dealing with a difficult and emotional break up. The album’s lead single, “No Rest for the Wicked,” was released in March. In April, a video was released for the track, directed by Tarik Saleh.
Lykke Li @ Union Transfer
Wednesday, October 1
Show @ 8:30 PM (Doors @ 8:00 PM)
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Touring in support of her third album I Never Learn, Lykke Li and her five-piece band stopped by the historic Apollo Theater in New York. While Li has always had one foot in tender, sentimental balladry (“Possibility,” “Love Out of Lust,” “Unrequited Love”), I Never Learn is nine songs focused on heartbreak, and her restrained performance suited the tone of the work, even if it didn’t rock the house. Read more…
The Soundtrack to Your Break Up
When Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li burst into the American music scene in 2008 with her debut LP Youth Novels, she seemed like the next up-and-coming Scandinavian pop star—quirky and individualistic, with an album full of songs produced by Björn Yttling, one-third of the hip trio Peter, Björn, and John. But on I Never Learn, Li’s compact third album, there’s little upbeat pop to be found. Read more…
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Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li has a brand new video to match the second single from her upcoming album. The visual component to “No Rest for the Wicked” comes just a month ahead of the expected May release of her third album, I Never Learn, and it’s an emotional, dark, moving sequence that fits the deeper tone of the song.
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If you’ve heard Lykke Li’s work, then you know her style is all over the musical spectrum. On one track, the Swedish singer-songwriter can sound ethereal, showcasing the strength of her vocals without much of an instrumental focus in the background. Then she’ll surprise you with funkier, more upbeat tracks that pull you in as a listener and make you want to dance. Lykke Li is channeling that diversity with an upcoming appearance in a Swedish crime thriller film, and a haunting, sullen ballad that’s part of its soundtrack.
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