An artist’s growth is a really interesting thing to observe when you’ve been a fan of that person for years. Back around 2007 I was an avid MTV fan. Many artists I listen to now I discovered from the 30-second video clips they used to play in between commercials. I vividly remember seeing a clip for Lykke Li’s “A Little Bit.” It was as if a webcam was filming a party of artistic people with Lykke dancing strangely to the camera. The song was so weird and I wasn’t sure if I liked it. You may remember the Drake remix, which became widely popular. I’ll admit, this remix warmed me up to her, and since then I’ve been a fan.
In 2011, Lykke’s popularity was beginning to grow with the release of her second album, Wounded Rhymes, and her songs were getting synched in popular shows such as Hawaii Five-0 and Pretty Little Liars. The delicate song “Possibility” was featured in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, being a highlight track on the soundtrack. The song “Get Some” was a fun surprise from her. It was fun and sexually charged, super catchy with heavy tribal drums.
Early this past May, Lykke Li released her third album, I Never Learn. The single “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” is much more stripped down than her other material and reveals a vulnerable woman. The second and lead single off the album, “No Rest For The Wicked,” is very powerful and dramatic, being theatrical and cinematic. Björn Yttling and Greg Kurstin as well as Lykke Li produced the record, and together they have created something dark and beautiful. The evolution of Lykke Li appears to be very organic and human.
I Never Learn is an album that deserves your attention, and if you like what you hear it’s probably worth it to check her out live. She’ll be playing at Osheaga this August, and the Kool Haus in Toronto on September 30th. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter for news and updates.
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