Lykke Li Confirms March for New LP

Long-overdue followup
to 2008’s Youth Novels.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

With her new single “Get Some” starting to notch significant
airplay (and the accompanying, sexily provocative video for the tune also
turning up everywhere on the web), Sweden’s Lykke Li is set to release her sophomore album, Wounded Rhymes, on her label LL
Recordings on March 1st.  Produced by Bjorn Yttling of Peter,
Bjorn & John and recorded in Stockholm,
Wounded Rhymes is the follow up to Lykke Li’s critically-acclaimed 2008 debut, Youth Novels.

 

Youth Novels – “a postmodern pop masterpiece
combining elements of folk music, hip hop, singer/songwriter confessionals and
more” – put Lykke Li Zachrisson on
the musical map at the tender age of 22. It landed on scores of year-end
best-of lists. Live, her performances raised eyebrows as well: she was armed
with a pared-down drum kit, a necklace made out of percussive instruments, a guitar,
a bass and a microphone.

 

Here’s what happened next, that led to the new album:

 

Upon completing her
last tour dates in support of Youth
Novels, however, Lykke Li
– who had spent two solid years touring the world – felt uneasy, unsure of
where to go next.  She had found it difficult to write since
Youth Novels was released, feeling cramped in backstage quarters, airports, dark
hotel rooms.  After two manic years of every place, person and pleasure on
the planet calling for her attention, as well as a failed romance under her
belt, Lykke Li found herself in
desperate need for a place to lay her head rather than another stage to
fill.  She decamped to New York
City, where she had gotten her first taste of
performing at open mic nights many years back.  She rolled around the
city, ultimately deciding it would provide her no comfort, and so – like all great
artists – she went West, ending up in the California desert to bury her
recently-broken heart in the sand and to star in a trippy dark film by her
friend Moses Berkson called Solarium.  Upon its completion,
she settled in Los Angeles
in a house on a hill, where she rented a not-so-grand piano and bought a
bicycle, an autoharp, and bouquets of flowers to put around her room.  She
began to work.

 

Settling in with her
loneliness, Lykke Li turned to
records she had always loved for inspiration, combing through everything from
Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Dr. John to the Velvet Underground, This Mortal
Coil, and the omnipresent hex of Alan Lomax’s field recordings.  She found
herself again leaning towards the raw power of simplicity, something into which
she had first tapped via her live show, and she started to write.  Once
she was done, she returned to her adopted hometown of Stockholm, and went into the studio with Bjorn Yttling to assemble her new
record.    

 

The resulting album, Wounded Rhymes, is one of the most tremendous records you will hear in 2011. 
Channeling the demise of The Shangri-La’s Leader of the Pack, women under the
influence, ladies and gentlemen of the canyon, a Kung-fu Marianne Faithful, and
an armed Nancy Sinatra on peyote, Lykke
Li has created an eleven song album that sounds like no other. The
record is packed full of pounding, voodoo drums, girl group gang vocals,
sparkling guitar lines, woozy keyboards, love unrequited, hope reignited and
her own very powerful voice, sounding bigger and bolder than ever before. 
From the hazy 60’s organ driving opener “Youth
Knows No Pain” to the sparse toe-tap-solo-guitar-swing of “Unrequited Love” to rollicking single
“Get Some” to the dense drums of
the propulsive “Jerome,”
Wounded Rhymes is a testament to Lykke Li’s
brilliant musical voice, one unlike any other.

 

She will launch a full North American tour this
spring.  The dates are:

 

5/15/11     Washington, DC
@ 9:30 Club

5/16/11     Philadelphia, PA
@ Theatre of Living Arts

5/17/11     New York, NY
@ Webster Hall

5/20/11     Boston,
MA @ Paradise

5/21/11     Montreal, QC
@ Metropolis

5/22/11     Toronto, ON
@ Phoenix Concert Theatre

5/23/11     Chicago, IL
@ Metro

5/26/11     Seattle, WA
@ Showbox at the Market

5/27/11     Vancouver, BC
@ Vogue Theatre

5/28/11     Portland, OR
@ Wonder Ballroom

5/30/11     San
Francisco, CA @ Grand Ballroom @ Regency Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

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