Swedish Singer Songwriter Lykke Li Is Back With New Songs From Her Forthcoming Album ‘So Sad So Sexy’
Lykke Li’s fans had to wait for a long time to hear new songs, since the release of her 2014 album ‘I never learn’, they actually had to wait for 4 years to listen to ‘deep end’, ‘hard rain’, and ‘utopia’, three new songs from her upcoming new album, which is entitled, ‘so sad so sexy’.
The Swedish vocalist, producer, and songwriter, who is now based in Los Angeles, had made these new gems available, and before I realized she had a date in LA at the Morrocan Lounge, the venue was sold out!
‘hard rain’ showcases her sweet voice over electronically-transformed vocal harmonies, a rainforest of noises and a soothing melancholia. There’s a lot of space in the song, habited by sparse beats and anxious distant strings, and it forces you to concentrate on her vocals before these last notes fall like heavy water drops. With a song like this one, Lykke Li seems to navigate into a somewhat familiar modern pop world, à la FKA Twigs or Banks, but you also may hear a Rostam Batmanglij flavor, as the song is produced by the ex-Vampire Weekend man.
Produced by Jeff Bhasker, Malay, and T-Minus, ‘deep end’ is more uplifting, trap-influenced and really beat-oriented, with a hooky chorus and surprising organic loopy percussions at the end. Meanwhile, ‘utopia’, just released a few days ago for mother’s day, sounds and looks very special because the song comes with a touching video collage of footages of young Lykke Li with her parents, and Lykke Li with her new son,… which seems to give the best explanation for her long absence. It’s an emotional and nostalgic song, dedicated to all mothers, while the style of production has the modernity of modern pop. ‘Utopia is all my mother ever wanted for me and all I ever want for him,’ she wrote, while I once again hear Rostam-like sad keys.
The long awaited ‘so sad so sexy’, Lykke Li’s fourth full-length album, will be out on June 8th via RCA Records, but it is already available for pre-order now
This summer, Lykke will be performing at the BBC’s Biggest Weekend Festival in Belfast, All Points East in London, Chicago’s Lollapalooza and is performing at many European festivals. Go to lykkeli.com for the full schedule.
‘so sad so sexy’ tracklist:
01 hard rain
02 deep end
03 two nights (feat. Aminé)
04 last piece
05 jaguars in the air
06 sex money feelings die
07 so sad so sexy
08 better alone
09 bad woman