Artist of the Week: Lykke Li

Lykke Li is a Swedish indie-pop songstress whose catchy tunes have garnered he
r quite the following all over the world. With only an EP and a debut album to her name, Li is an up-and-comer that BTR has been spinning, and we think she’s an artist worth your attention.

Li was born in  Sweden, in 1986, to an artistic family; her father is a musician and her mother is a photographer. Once a dancer, Lykke has said that the constraining lifestyle did not allow for much creativity, and she was therefore happy to turn to music.  Having grown up on Michael Jackson and Madonna records, Li moved to New York at the age of 19 to record her album – a move that was strongly influenced by Madonna’s career.

Li has lived all over the world, something that definitely shines through in her music. More than just another Nordic female vocalist, Li is a creative songwriter who has been able to blend genres while still maintaining a very fun, poppy sensibility. On her globetrotting, Li has said:   “I don’t feel Swedish. In fact, my father tells me to get out of here as soon as I can. I’d much rather live in Argentina, drink red wine and talk about philosophy, or go to New York and play open mics. Sweden is a country where we’ve been influenced by the world, opening us up to all these possibilities.”

In 2007, Li released the Little Bit EP to much acclaim all over the world.  Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John fame produced, and the full-legnth followed in early 2008.  An infusion of sugary electro-pop, Lykke Li is guaranteed to make you happy. “Little Bit” itself is a very nearly perfect pop song, but there’s more where that came from! The album is full of gems, with “Dance Dance Dance” inspiring listeners to do just that, and “I’m Good I’m Gone” using handclaps in a way that we’re really digging. If you love the Breeders, Le Tigre and The Blow, you’re definitely going to want to check out Lykke Li.

Lykke Li is touring all over the place, so check her out in a city near you:

Aug 9 2008  at Way Out West in Göteborg, Sweden
Aug 16 2008 at Pukkelpop Festival in Hasselt, Belgium
Aug 17 2008 at Lowlands Festival in Biddinghuizen, Netherlands
Aug 25 2008 at Hotel Cafe  in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 28 2008 at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY
Aug 28 2008 at Richards on Richards in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sep 5 2008 at Bestival in Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom
Sep 19 2008 at Razzmatazz in Barcelona, Spain
Sep 20 2008 at Moby Dick in Madrid, Spain
Sep 22 2008 at AB Club in Brussels, Belgium
Sep 23 2008 at Nouveau Casino in Paris, France
Sep 24 2008 at Paradiso (Upstairs) in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 26 2008 at Roter Salon in Berlin, Germany
Sep 27 2008 at Ubel & Gefährlich (Reeperbahn Festival) in Hamburg, Germany
Sep 29 2008 at The Plug in Sheffield, United Kingdom
Oct 1 2008 at Scala in London, United Kingdom
Oct 2 2008 at Concorde 2 in Brighton, United Kingdom
Oct 5 2008 at Glee Club in Birmingham, United Kingdom
Oct 6 2008 at Thekla in Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 8 2008 at Academy 2 in Liverpool, United Kingdom
Oct 9 2008 at Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Oct 10 2008 at The Duchess in York, United Kingdom
Oct 19 2008 at Black Cat in Washington, DC
Oct 20 2008 at Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York, NY
Oct 23 2008 at Paradise in Boston, MA
Oct 24 2008 at Mod Club in Toronto, ON, Canada
Oct 25 2008 at Empty Bottle in Chicago, IL
Oct 28 2008 at Richards on Richards in Vancouver, BC, Canada
Oct 29 2008 at Neumo’s in Seattle, WA
Oct 30 2008 at Doug Fir in Portland, OR
Nov 1 2008 at Independent in San Francisco, CA
Nov 3 2008 at El Rey in Los Angeles, CA

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