Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Sadness Is A Blessing

Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson (born 18 March 1986), better known by her stage name Lykke Li (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈlʏkə li]), is a Swedish indie singer. She released her debut album, Youth Novels, in 2008.

Thereafter she spent six months writing and recording her second album “Wounded Rhymes” which was released thus week.

The album was recorded in the Echo Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles, while visiting the desert, rewatching Alejandro Jodorowsky’s 1973 film The Holy Mountain and listening to Alan Lomax field recordings (watch out for forthcoming post on the influential Lomax family), eventually coming up with songs she calls “hypnotic, psychotic and more primal”.

During an interview with Pitchfork Media on 18 November 2010, she commented on her decision to write the album in Los Angeles, saying, “I’m from Sweden so I don’t enjoy winter at all; there’s nothing cute about it. Right now I’m in Stockholm, and it’s so cold and dark. I have such a dark mood in myself already so I don’t need things to be darker.

I was totally romanticizing the idea of Los Angeles when the Doors, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young were hanging out there. I was trying to find David Lynch and Leonard Cohen with no luck. It was just more of a retreat. And Los Angeles is such a mysterious place because there’s so much evil in that city, but there’s also so much light. You can be totally alone on a hillside and I love that kind of secluded, deserted rawness.”

Here is my favourite track from the album.

“Sadness Is A Blessing” – Lykke Li

 

To buy the music of Lykke Li click HERE

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March 6, 2011 - Posted by | New Music, New Releases, Video |

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