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June 27, 2009 / JV

Popped Tape: Lykke Li

The CD that would be in heeaavvyyy rotation if it weren’t on my ipod (which just makes it “most played”) is Lykke Li’s debut album Youth Novels. This 23 year-old Stockholm native is charming the ears of listeners across the globe (plug, not getting paid for this). The sound is refreshingly clean, the lyrics surprisingly sad, and the draw undeniable. the production on the album, while high quality, is somewhat minimalist giving the tracks a sense of bareness that allows us to be pulled in by Lykke Li’s bittersweet poetic delivery and trance-inducing voice.

In tracks like “Breaking It Up,” what’s being said in the chorus is not 100% clear, leading us not only to peruse the CD booklet for the lyrics but also to appreciate music for the way that it sounds. something that i feel is sometimes underestimated. I always say i like music that sounds good. and that’s really my main criteria. One of the most upbeat songs on the album “Let It Fall” is about crying, and the hook is potentially deceiving because it sounds like she’s saying “so happy” when she is in fact saying “so i weep”. this kind of play between lyrics, sounds, and listener perception occurs throughout the album, making the entire thing well worth a solid listen. without further ado..

I couldn’t decide which video for “Breaking It Up” I like more. I like the sound on the alt. version muchh better (it’s incredibly impressive, esp for a live session) but i appreciate the aesthetic taste of the first.

“Breaking It Up”

“Breaking it Up” Alternate Video

“Time Flies”



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  1. Ron / Jul 4 2009 4:12 pm

    Wow. That’s a great song. I’ve never heard it until now. Great find.

    • the black scientist / Jul 4 2009 5:28 pm

      thanks a lot. i’m glad you enjoy it!

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