No Rest For (The Wicked) Lykke Li

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Lykke Li how I missed thee. To be real honest, I have to be in the right mindset, even the right setting, to listen to Sweden's own melancholic madam. A dimly lit room, with a little libation (non-diluted Crystal Light works in a pinch), the pages of the horrible first draft of my current work in progress gripped in my hands, lots of Kleenex. You know, lots of angst and blaming the everybody and their mama for my first world problems. Sometimes I want to scream 'Lighten up, Lykke! Quit being so damn emotional!' and tell her to stop punching me in the gut with her haunting tunes, but she keeps on doing it, and she keeps on winning with them and well, sunshine is overrated anyway.

After the wonderfully young adult gloom of 2011's Wounded Rhymes, the chilling piano-led lament, "No Rest For The Wicked" has Lykke Li back at sublime melancholia again. It's just as cinematically weeping as her last entry, "Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone" from a month ago, but feels much less hollow as it sways and swells about around Lykke's creaky wails. Both tracks come from Lykke Li's upcoming third album, I Never Learn (out May 5th), and from the sound of things, I'm pretty sure that this album won't be spinning at any backyard BBQ's anytime soon.

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