|Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
There hasn’t been a whole lot of music that I’ve really gotten into so far this year, though I guess I haven’t really been trying that hard. I mean I haven’t even listened to the new Bright Eyes album yet, although I’m sure I will eventually since I’m seeing them live for some reason. Anyways, one album I have been enjoying recently is the newest album by Lykke Li, who apparently is Swedish and recorded one album before this, which is about the entire extent of what I know about her.
What I like about this album is that it’s a little hard to pin down. Li is usually classified as indie pop, but there’s also a folk element to songs like “Unrequited Love”, which sounds almost like a female take on Fleet Foxes. Yet you’ve also got gorgeous songs like “Love Out Of Lust” and “Sadness Is A Blessing” which effectively channel that early sixties Phil Spector sound. And then on top of that, you’ve got this almost tribal-like use of percussion throughout the album.
So it makes for kind of an odd sound, but it’s that willingness to be weird, but not too weird, that makes Lykke Li stand out from her pop peers. Also she’s got a great ear for catchy melodies, which goes well with her ability to make songs that are upbeat and danceable, but also intimate and beautiful. I can’t really say songs like “I Follow Rivers” and “Get Some” are the kinds of things I’d usually find myself listening to, as they kind of lean more towards straight-up pop than anything else. But they’re kind of irresistible, as are most of the songs on Wounded Rhymes, however dissimilar they may seem.
Favorite Tracks: “Youth Knows No Pain”, “Love Out Of Lust”, “Sadness Is A Blessing”