Hot Ticket: Lykke Li

Lykke Li, Swedish style icon and owner of the light-as-a-feather voice hailed by Pitchfork, plays Highline Ballroom tonight. I missed her last show, which totes sent teh internets reeling, so I’m excited to finally see her!

Lykke’s 2008 debut, Youth Novels, enjoyed more than its share of press and blog love. Its dreamy, retro-chic songs easily conjure Air, or more recognizably, Bjork’s playful experimentation and quirkiness.

But Lykke, whose voice stands out for its hushed, peculiar quality, isn’t focused as much on the melody as she is on expressive emotion. Her songs don’t immediately jump out at you.  They discreetly whoosh by, then after a couple of listens you realize you must hear them again.

“Everybody but Me,” explores the depression behind the party, while “Little Bit,” a danceable song about a fearful, evolving crush, features a trembling marimba and sputtering beat.

New York‘s profile is fun (Lykke’s parents were hippies? really?).

Keep it here for updates, recaps, and pics.

Lykke hates Abba.

Lykke hates Abba.


May 26, 2009. Tags: , , . Lykke Li, Shows.

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