out and about: lykke li
  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 06, 2010

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Lykke Li is back. A blonde stunner pushing highly stylized pop a few years back, the Swedish singer recently perked plenty of attention with the announcement of a follow-up to her splendid debut Youth Novels, due via LL Recordings on March 1st, 2011. That album will be titled Wounded Rhymes, and has already surfaced a number of cuts in "Get Some" and "Paris Blue"; moody tunes that suggest Lykkes made some deliberate aesthetic turns when it came to approaching album number two.

Ahead of touring in support of the album later this spring, Lykke appeared in NYC last week, gracing the stage at Le Poisson Rouge to kick the tires on many of those new tunes. Steve Kandell over at Spin.com had some revealing things to say about the "circle in the round" performance:

"Lykke Li's music, particularly in new songs like "Silent My Song" and "Sadness Is a Blessing," mixes wall-of-sound girl-group traditionalism with spooky-tribal Scandinavian exoticism, old-guard with avant-garde; think Ronnie Spectre. And while "Dance Dance Dance" and "I'm Good, I'm Gone" from 2008's Youth Novels were predictably well-received by the crowd, which counted David Byrne among its ranks, the debuted Wounded numbers "I Follow Rivers" and "Rich Kid Blues" felt instantly lived-in and exhilarating, percussive and aggressive, but never overwhelming."

Our own Kristina Walters was also in attendance, snapping a slew of images for your visual pleasure. Have a look at the completely sharable/embeddable photo album below. - David Pitz



Like what you see? Check Lykke out later this spring. Tour dates below:

Lykke Li on Tour
03/09/11 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
04/04/11 - Grnspan - Hamburg, GERMANY
04/05/11 - Astra - Berlin, GERMANY
04/06/11 - Muffathalle - Munich, GERMANY
04/09/11 - Paradiso - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
04/11/11 - Gloria - Cologne, GERMANY
04/12/11 - Trinity Centre - Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
04/14/11 - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire - London, UNITED KINGDOM
04/15/11 - The Cockpit - Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
04/16/11 - Tripod - Dublin, IRELAND
04/18/11 - The Arches - Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
04/19/11 - Academy 2 - Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
04/21/11 - La Cigale - Paris, FRANCE
04/25/11 - Antipode - Rennes, FRANCE
04/29/11 - VEGA House Of Music - Copenhagen, DENMARK
04/30/11 - Rockefeller Music Hall - Oslo, NORWAY
05/02/11 - Cirkus - Stockholm, SWEDEN
05/15/11 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
05/16/11 - Theatre Of The Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
05/17/11 - Webster Hall - New York, NY
05/20/11 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
05/21/11 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC, CANADA
05/22/11 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON, CANADA
05/23/11 - Metro / Smart Bar - Chicago, IL
05/26/11 - Showbox At The Market - Seattle, WA
05/27/11 - Vogue Theatre - Vancouver, BC, CANADA
05/28/11 - Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
05/30/11 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA

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