Lykke Li @ SXSW 2008
photo by Yancey Strickler
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is
Little Bit by Lykke Li from the 2008 album Youth Novels on LL Recordings.
It seems like Sweden produces a new
it band every couple of weeks, and much like her peers to recently get the nod — Jens Lekman, Peter Bjorn and John, Jose Gonzalez, etc. — don’t expect Lykke Li to leave the spotlight anytime soon. For her debut, 22-year old Lykke Zahrisson enlisted Bjorn Yttling of PB&J as well as Lasse Marten to handle production. Bjorn’s affinity for all things pop is all over this record. The percussion is crisp and bright, the melodies addictive, and the artist’s hushed, wispy vocals are nestled perfectly atop it all resulting in transfixion mere seconds after pushing play. Also at play are a multitude of instruments adopted by Arcade Fire and their wall-of-sound brethren, but here that instrumentation serves to accentuate rather than fill every millisecond of tape. However, these are no slow ballads. Electro-pop has more than a guest spot on the album, something that has already prompted attention from remixers. Be sure to check out this up-and-comer when she appears in Seattle with other must-see Swede El Perro del Mar at the Triple Door on 5/15. Until then, enjoy this toned down acoustic performance of