Lykke Li - This summer's biggest hit?

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from Sweden, blogz 'n boardz r buzzin' like mad at the moment (the new Robyn! the new M.I.A.! the new Royksopp! etc)

http://www.lykkeli.com

http://www.myspace.com/lykkeli

StanM, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 08:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

Good record. Could've been gooder.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 09:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJHdT1j6hH8

Acoustic live version with guests: Robyn, Adam & Bebban (Shout Out Louds), Daniel (The Concretes), Lars (Laakso) and Mikael (Hjalmar). Director: Ted Malmros + Christian Haag

I kind of love this.

The Macallan 18 Year, Tuesday, 5 February 2008 15:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

pretty good song, although she seems to have trouble staying in tune, particularly on the b-side 'dance dance dance'.

i'm sure i'll despise this in six months time when everyone outside of sweden starts pulling their dicks about it

electricsound, Saturday, 16 February 2008 00:06 (ten years ago) Permalink

diggin this.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Saturday, 16 February 2008 00:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Really enjoying this album. Though I keep finding myself playing "I'm Good I'm Gone" over and over.

A. Begrand, Saturday, 16 February 2008 01:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

She's good. There's a nice intimacy to her voice.

chap, Saturday, 16 February 2008 01:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

That video is creepy. But the song is alright

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 16 February 2008 01:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

What's the point of this shit?

Dom Passantino, Monday, 18 February 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

It sounds pleasant.

chap, Monday, 18 February 2008 15:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Matas Berlin mix of 'Little Bit' gives it that ever-important disco lift

blueski, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 00:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

She is among the acts I plan to catch at By:Larm in Oslo this week.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 11:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Can we get the obvious awkward bit out of the way and ask how the hell you pronounce her name?

The Lex is probably onto something about how people immediately jump on any female Scandinavian popstar in an 'OMG this is awesome!' way, mind.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 12:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Probably pronounced like Lee-cuh Lee, although an actual scando might know better.

The Lex is probably onto something about how people immediately jump on any female Scandinavian popstar in an 'OMG this is awesome!' way, mind.

Happens with indiepop as well.

Bocken Social Scene, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ly-cuh Lee would be more correct. At least in Norwegian, but I believe it's not much different in Swedish.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

Happens with indiepop as well.

and American RnB pop, in Lex's case

blueski, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

So it's 'lie-cuh lee', then?

Matt DC, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ly as in Lycra.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 13:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

No, not lie, more Ly as in Lynch. 'Ly-cuh lee' I suppose.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yes, Lynch.

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

swedish (and norwegian?) 'y' is like the german 'ü'.

cb, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 14:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

exactly what I was going to say, cb.

Surely her name is pronounced something like Luca, but with the u having a sort of u-umlaut sound.

I'm off to see her live this evening, by the way.

Daniel Giraffe, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

so, not "Likely"

But Lickly.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

lookly.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 February 2008 16:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

The intro is nice and nearly every track here could potentially be a fantastic pop song but for god's sake, put your back into it woman.

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2008 09:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

swedish (and norwegian?) 'y' is like the german 'ü'.

At least almost. You can hardly hear the difference, although it is there.

Geir Hongro, Thursday, 21 February 2008 09:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

The name Lykke Li is pronounced the same way as the danish word Lykkelig, which means Happy. (from some fashion blog)

This Swedish lo-fi popstrel (her name is pronounced ‘lick-a-lee’) (from Time Out)

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 21 February 2008 09:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Actually I just listened to it again and although the tunes are there, they're handled so badly and her voice is so flimsy that they're wasted. I wish she'd actually put some force in there from time to time or make and effort to sound committed to anything other than this vague mimsiness. Is it possible to sound diffidently mimsy? Because she does.

It's not that I've got a tin ear for this sort of stuff, two of my favourite albums from the last couple of years were by Marit Larsen and Feist. But I spent most of this record wondering if it was hamstrung by its own delicate aesthetic or just cheap, flimsy and badly performed and the four songs at the end confirmed the latter. Breaking It Up in particular should have had something at least vaguely resembling a kick to it.

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, she def. can't sing as well as Lily All-waydaminnit! If SHE was that years biggest hit with that voice, why couldn't Luckily be?

StanM, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

'

StanM, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

Because we're already drowning in bland female vocalists and pretty much any of yer interchangeable Adeles or Duffys could have done a better job with this material?

It's not just the vocals, the production and arrangements are limp as well.

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

Twee is back (Juno sountrack and so on), maybe it's the Scandinavian version, twë?

StanM, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

I rather like the Duffy that I've heard ("Mercy" seems to be the uptempo single that sticks out like a sore thumb).

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 21 February 2008 10:31 (ten years ago) Permalink

Actually I just listened to it again and although the tunes are there, they're handled so badly and her voice is so flimsy that they're wasted. I wish she'd actually put some force in there from time to time or make and effort to sound committed to anything other than this vague mimsiness. Is it possible to sound diffidently mimsy? Because she does.

Annie fans ought to be all over it, then

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 21 February 2008 11:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

or indi3 fans full stop

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 21 February 2008 11:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Little Bit" would sound terrible with Duffy or Adele singing it.

Savannah Smiles, Thursday, 21 February 2008 11:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

It sounds terrible anyway!

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2008 11:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

'weak voice' is surely the point ala Shapiro

blueski, Thursday, 21 February 2008 12:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

I dunno, it's weaker than that even, I think with Shapiro or Annie or anything like that it doesn't matter as much because they're supposed to glide over the backing, which is a lot fuller in any case. A lot of the music here is sparser, or more organic at least, and you'd expect the voice to fill that space and it just doesn't.

Matt DC, Thursday, 21 February 2008 12:30 (ten years ago) Permalink

light voice over light music obviously works in some situations. i'm not feeling any particular imbalance in li's case yet (based on myspace songs only). not sure how much i'll actually listen to this tho.

blueski, Thursday, 21 February 2008 12:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I went to see her last night. Goodness knows why her management chose that venue: 9 out of 10 of those attending hadn't come for the gig - she was the entertainment at a club night - so there was a serious noise and general-lack-of-decorum problem.

That said, I enjoyed her performance. She has a nice line in moving about on stage and hamming up the songs. Whether that will make her the 'summer's biggest hit' (cf thread title) is another matter.

Daniel Giraffe, Thursday, 21 February 2008 16:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

i like "little bit" if that's what you're talking about, but that's been out for a WHILE.

htshell, Thursday, 21 February 2008 16:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Saw her at By:Larm (Norwegian Equivalent of MIDEM) and she was absolutely brilliant. A very charismatic live act, and a great and unique voice. It was completely crowded, so obviously she was one of the "next big things" at the meeting.

Even though she was brilliant, Superfamily were even better though.

Geir Hongro, Friday, 22 February 2008 03:47 (ten years ago) Permalink

Saw her at By:Larm (Norwegian Equivalent of MIDEM) and she was absolutely brilliant. A very charismatic live act, and a great and unique voice. It was completely crowded, so obviously she was one of the "next big things" at the meeting.

I was there too (the Thursday show), and yeah, I was floored. It was weird, though, I was jet-lagged and fell asleep and woke up a half hour before the first band went on, and I thought I wouldn't get in at all, but when I got to the club right before 9, there were only about five people there. So I got an ace spot in front...but yeah, did it ever get crowded fast. Anyway, Lykke Li, was far more energetic and charismatic than I expected. I had high hopes going in, but nothing like what we ended up seeing firsthand. She did an instore at the Platekompaniet record store the next afternoon, and did a much more low-key, but equally likeable performance.

Even though she was brilliant, Superfamily were even better though.

Egads. They're like the Killers as interpreted by Metal Skool. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.

A. Begrand, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 05:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wanted to catch Dylan Mondegreen at first (great band, lousy live performance), so I didn't get to Blå until around half an hour before. And by then it was very crowded. I did get in, but hardly got out afterwards. :)

Geir Hongro, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 10:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

awful

OskarM, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 15:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

and srsly just one drop in the bucket of poorly conceived swede-twee

i guess once it crosses the ocean it becomes "sophisticated"

OskarM, Wednesday, 27 February 2008 15:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

i like this album, but most of the songs sound like they could just take off into something really spectacular, but just dont. like maybe a remix cd would be amazing. anyways, just heard a nice remix.
http://www.thefader.com/articles/2008/5/6/freeload-lykke-li-everybody-but-me-diskjokke-remix

jaxon, Wednesday, 7 May 2008 22:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

this album is like the female vocals from young folks stretched out over 45 mins, but it's nice

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 7 May 2008 23:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

and not just cuz it's another swedish chick but the vocals have that same sleepy-eyed but kinda seductive thing to it

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 7 May 2008 23:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

Don't really understand the negativity in here. Played it through 3 times yesterday, and it sounded quite pretty, but much less twee than the first couple of records.

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Monday, 5 May 2014 05:45 (four years ago) Permalink

^^ my exact thoughts when listening to that track

voodoo chili, Thursday, 8 May 2014 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

i love this record

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 May 2014 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

these very sad songs are extremely sunlit

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 May 2014 21:46 (four years ago) Permalink

While I feel glad she's ditched a lot of the twee affectations from her first two albums, I wish she had written some stronger hooks. This is nice enough but I listened to it twice in a row and I'm struggling to remember anything about it other than it could with some drums and more dynamicism in the songwriting. Hopefully now she's got the break-up ballads out her system she can make an album that's a bit more rounded - I'm not saying she would ever suit confrontational abrasiveness but the mature swagger (well, comparative at least) of Wounded Rhymes suited her better.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 8 May 2014 21:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Pretty much agree with this. I'm all for a nice stripped down heartbreak record (Something similar to the last Goldfrapp album maybe?) but the songs are just not strong enough. I can't remember anything about it after a couple of listens whereas the last album the songs got stuck in my head very quickly. I just kind of assumed because she made such a leap in quality from the first album to the second that it would continue with this one. Will probably give it another chance because Wounded Rhymes is such a great record. I'm jealous of the people getting a lot out of it.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 8 May 2014 23:03 (four years ago) Permalink

these songs definitely get stuck in my head. particularly "no rest for the wicked" and "gunshot". I do empathise with the idea that the album is a bit underwritten, and I'm sad that a song like "Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone" was left as a spare guitar demo - it deserves more ceremonial production.

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Thursday, 8 May 2014 23:26 (four years ago) Permalink

the hooks aren't the problem, it's the wall of blah reverbed sound that engulfs everything, like an entire record of "sadness is my boyfriend," and one of those was enough. (I also think a lot of the biographical criticism is forced and overstated -- she got her HEART BROKEN! and MOVED TO L.A.! ...and as a musician the reason you move from Sweden to L.A. is more likely so you can do things like work with Greg Kurstin.)

katherine, Friday, 9 May 2014 11:08 (four years ago) Permalink

otm. I had the same problem with Angel Olsen, this year's other acclaimed singer-songwriter album. The mix and arrangement choices leaned too heavily on the lugubrious.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 May 2014 12:16 (four years ago) Permalink

usually i find an excessively reverbed landscape dulling and alienating but something about this one is really enveloping and inhabitable for me

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 13:58 (four years ago) Permalink

would love to hear emmylou harris sing "love me like i'm not made of stone"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 14:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Sadness is my Boyfriend is great. One of my favourites on the last album.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 9 May 2014 15:28 (four years ago) Permalink

I think "Love Me..." is absolutely stunning as-is and feel even the slightest bit more of any production flourishes could possibly have ruined it.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 9 May 2014 15:46 (four years ago) Permalink

I'm not usually a fan of shticky reverb, but I don't mind it at all here. It just feels like a really natural way of presenting these songs

Evan R, Friday, 9 May 2014 16:01 (four years ago) Permalink

three or so listens i think i've determined this album is just too much of too little to hold me

sitting on a claud all day gotta make your butt numb (forksclovetofu), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:26 (four years ago) Permalink

I think "Love Me..." is absolutely stunning as-is and feel even the slightest bit more of any production flourishes could possibly have ruined it.

otm

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:29 (four years ago) Permalink

for Brad's sake I'm gonna listen again

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:33 (four years ago) Permalink

idk alfred this might not be a record for you

it is definitely a record for me

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:34 (four years ago) Permalink

like the vast dimensional swaths of reverb actually lend a warmth and drama to the songs, reminds me of a more functional lanois production

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

xp I dunno, this seems like a pretty direct, earnest album that anybody could get behind.

I don't get the "omg she worked with Greg Kurstin" dismissal at all. It's like like Kurstin is Max Martin or something, and I really don't hear his stamp on this at all. For all its uumph, I think the production does a great job staying out of the way

Evan R, Friday, 9 May 2014 16:44 (four years ago) Permalink

it isn't a dismissal -- two out of his three tracks are the best ones on the album! -- and if anything this needed *more* of him. but I just don't think it's good criticism to be like "she moved to L.A. to ~*find herself*~" when if you look at the industry (and "I Follow Rivers" being a surprise(?) chart hit after the fact) there are more likely reasons. (the same goes, fwiw, for "you just need to break up with someone, then you'll understand")

katherine, Friday, 9 May 2014 16:59 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I rolled my eyes a bit at the break-up narrative, since it's one of those tropes critics have a way of overstating. Mirah also just came out with a new album the same week that was also born of A Really Hard Break Up. Break-ups aren't nearly as rare or exotic as critics make them out to be sometimes; they're a pretty universal experience.

But I understand why they play it up for albums like this. It's pretty clearly a break-up album, and having that autobiographical context, however oversimplified, really does help listeners connect to records. And since critics play up and overstate any narrative they're handed (It's their first album in three years! First album with a new bassist! First album after moving from one indie label to another! Etc) I don't think there's anything that unusual about how they framed this one

Evan R, Friday, 9 May 2014 17:07 (four years ago) Permalink

for the record i think the pr narrative about this record both overexplains and hinders it, and personally i am a fan of luxuriating semi-identical sadnesses but i might find them tiresome if the whole thing exceeded 30 minutes

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 9 May 2014 17:10 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

the new one has grown on me a ton

Mordy, Wednesday, 17 September 2014 23:21 (three years ago) Permalink

I was in the midst of a break-up depression when it came out so I listened to it once and put it away. Perhaps it's time to reassess.

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:11 (three years ago) Permalink

this record will probably attach to fall nicely

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Thursday, 18 September 2014 01:03 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

^^ It really, really does. Love how unabashedly honest this record is. Frequently getting This Mortal Coil vibes too, which make it all the more autumn-y. Love it.

definite classic, predicting a solid 8/10 from the p-fork boys (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 8 October 2014 20:15 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

New album coming in June called, So Sad So Sexy. Sean from Drowned In Sound has said the new songs he's heard sound like Aaliyah and Prince. Apparently it's her return to pop and two new singles are coming next week. Looking forward to this even though her last album didn't really do anything for me.

kitchen person, Monday, 16 April 2018 01:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Sean from Drowned In Sound has said the new songs he's heard sound like Aaliyah and Prince

I would bet this is completely inaccurate

boxedjoy, Monday, 16 April 2018 20:59 (two months ago) Permalink

You're probably right, but it did get my hopes up.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 17 April 2018 02:07 (two months ago) Permalink

The album is out June 8.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLO408PZgek

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQ5zqTEDeHc

01 hard rain
02 deep end
03 two nights [ft. Aminé]
04 last piece
05 jaguars in the air
06 sex money feelings die
07 so sad so sexy
08 better alone
09 bad woman
10 utopia

monotony, Thursday, 19 April 2018 04:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Not sure about these new songs. They're ok, they just don't have the character of her first two albums. Hopefully they'll grow on me.

kitchen person, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Major 3LW vibes on "Deep End"

Evan R, Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

06 sex money feelings die

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

I really like these! It's nice to hear some grit behind her soft voice, even if it is borrowed sadcore-trap vibes from Lana Del Rey.

"sounds like Aaliyah and Prince" is gonna be my new ironic refereence in talking about people who don't understand anything remotely r&b influenced in the present.

boxedjoy, Thursday, 19 April 2018 20:41 (two months ago) Permalink

99% of the time, a trap beat makes me tune right out. No different here.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:32 (two months ago) Permalink

"deep end" is pretty cool but considering it was produced by jeff bhasker, malay & t-minus it also feels a bit like less than the sum of its parts to me. nb ive never had a use for her music but the way ppl were talking about this one got me to check it out

J0rdan S., Thursday, 19 April 2018 21:37 (two months ago) Permalink

The swimming pools / indigo / deep blue hook in Deep End is real nice.

triggercut, Friday, 20 April 2018 05:36 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Really disappointed with the new album. Totally passed me by the couple of times I listened to it.

kitchen person, Thursday, 7 June 2018 22:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What’s it like?

Slippage (Ross), Friday, 8 June 2018 12:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

im liking it

johnny crunch, Friday, 8 June 2018 14:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Same!

Slippage (Ross), Friday, 8 June 2018 14:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Albums super short. Template seems to be the prior collab with ASAP and the Lynch ballad

Slippage (Ross), Friday, 8 June 2018 16:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Why in God’s name did she use vocoder on this

Slippage (Ross), Friday, 8 June 2018 20:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

man this album is a grower, it's great

Slippage (Ross), Sunday, 10 June 2018 15:39 (one week ago) Permalink

i've only heard "two nights" so far, like it

dyl, Monday, 11 June 2018 21:18 (one week ago) Permalink

Record is very dense production wise. Full of miniature details and very self contained. I absolutely love the opening song

Slippage (Ross), Tuesday, 12 June 2018 00:42 (one week ago) Permalink

The general reaction for this album seems above average, critically and just user opinions I’ve read. Which is fair as the album is so short and ends on “utopia” which is a stunner of a song, at 34 mins this is succinct.

This record feels transitory to me in that her last one was a fairly bummer ride compared to previous work, but here she seems to be reconciling? Not as much a shift as sundfors last two to draw a comparison.

Slippage (Ross), Wednesday, 13 June 2018 00:19 (one week ago) Permalink

in love with this record

the concise nature makes every song shine, it's gorgeous

sunburst N snowblind (Ross), Tuesday, 19 June 2018 06:14 (three days ago) Permalink


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