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Video of the Moment #1581: Lykke Li

By on Tuesday, 22nd July 2014 at 6:00 pm

I sense an ’80s, Debbie Gibson / Tiffany vibe to Lykke Li‘s ballad single ‘Gunshot’. Do you agree? There are conflicting ideas on what this video is about, with some of her fans saying she’s dead in the story (which might explain the pale makeup on her face) and others saying she’s sold out and is more like Lorde now (ouch). Watch it below and decide for yourself.

‘I Never Learn’, Lykke Li‘s latest album, is out now.



The BBC at Glastonbury 2014 (Friday): Lykke Li singing ‘No Rest of the Wicked’ at the John Peel Stage

By on Saturday, 28th June 2014 at 8:00 pm

Wherever you will be hanging your hat this weekend, whether you’re joining the sheep at Worthy Farm or you’ve got your feet up in front of the telly, us here at TGTF will have you covered when it comes to Glastonbury 2014. The dedicated people they are, the folks at the BBC will be working all hours during the festival and feeding us live coverage as it becomes available. What does this mean for you? We’ll be passing along all the best bits to you, our faithful readers.

Lykke Li‘s ‘I Never Learn’ was one of the most highly anticipated releases this year. It includes ‘No Rest for the Wicked’, one of the earliest cuts from the LP to see the light of day. Her late night time slot at Glastonbury 2014 on Friday night at the John Peel Stage fit perfectly with the darkness, shade and shadows of the song. Watch the performance below.

For more of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage online, head this way. Stay tuned for more videos from Glasto 2014 right here on TGTF.



Lykke Li / November 2014 English/Irish Tour

By on Wednesday, 18th June 2014 at 8:30 am

Swedish singer/songwriter Lykke Li has announced a short tour of England and Ireland to follow her appearances at the Glastonbury and Latitude festivals this summer. She is also releasing a new single called ‘Gunshot’ from her recent album ‘I Never Learn’. Listen to the track and read its lyrics here.

Tickets for the London show go on sale this Friday, the 20th of June, at 9 AM. Sign up for Lykke Li’s e-mail list for access to the presale starting on Wednesday the 18th of June.

Previous Lykke Li coverage is this way.

Thursday 13th November 2014 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Saturday 15th November 2014 – Manchester Albert Hall
Sunday 16th November 2014 – Dublin Vicar Street


Video of the Moment #1494: Lykke Li

By on Friday, 11th April 2014 at 6:00 pm

Swedish songstress Lykke Li’s upcoming album ‘I Never Learn’ out in May is looking to be one hell of a tearjerker. Case in point: single ‘No Rest for the Wicked’, which Cheryl reviewed earlier this month. The promo is a study of the extremes of togetherness and loneliness, and the woman is a master of distilling such emotion, your heart will physically start hurting. Watch it below.

‘I Never Learn’ drops on the 5th of May on Atlantic; ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ precedes it on the 21st of April.



Single Review: Lykke Li – No Rest for the Wicked

By on Wednesday, 2nd April 2014 at 12:00 pm

Swedish chanteuse Lykke Li has dropped the first proper single ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ from her coming album ‘I Never Learn’ for our waiting ears in advance of the album next month. Lykke has been away for over 3 years crafting her next work -and acting in a Swedish crime thriller! – having also spent quite a bit of time with iconic American director David Lynch. It would be easy to think that this off-beat filmmaker has had a significant influence on Li if you were listening as a neophyte. But truth be told, she’s always possessed an unnerving, otherworldly quality so the influence likely flowing in both directions.

Opening with smartly struck keys on the far right side of the keyboard, this simple theme returns at each valley of the song. Not breaking from the familiar haunting, slightly nasal sound from her past songs, she presents a tune that undulates from plaintive soul-bearing to crashing self-loathing. The pain of destroying a good love comes through with a swelling intensity as the lyrics build and recede, yet always pulling back into the simple beaten out piano melody, retreating to where it is safe and alone. The message is of simple pain and regret. Barely asking for redemption, the song has a simple acknowledgment of failure as the pain billows with the music’s crescendo and then abates into nothingness at the end.

The song becomes clearer on repeated listens, but it also becomes simpler. Initially, the crashing cymbals of the chorus obscured Li’s voice for me, but as it repeated, it settled into a nice little verse chorus verse structure. There is nothing wrong with that formula, nothing at all. But with an artist that has the experimental Swedish roots that she does, we can hope for a little more from the full length coming later.


‘No Rest for the Wicked’, Lykke Li’s forthcoming single, is out on the 21st of April on Atlantic Records. ‘I Never Learn’, the Swede’s third album, follows on the 5th of May.



Video of the Moment #1471: Lykke Li

By on Friday, 14th March 2014 at 6:00 pm

Swedish songstress Lykke Li will be releasing her third album ‘I Never Learn’ on the 5th of May and here is one of the tracks from the album. ‘Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone’ is an emotional gut wrencher. Watch the video below.



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