Fresh Crush: Lykke Li


(Every now and then, Scandalist will write about someone — or something — that we just can’t get enough of. Meet singer Lykke Li, our very first “Fresh Crush.”)

Lykke Li‘s debut album, Youth Novels, topped charts in her native Sweden shortly after it was released there last January, and its blend of soulful, slo-mo electronica is now big on the European dance circuit. But Lykke has yet to penetrate mainstream America — even though she recorded her album with producer Bj√∂rn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John in Brooklyn, where she lived until her visa ran out. (Damn the U.S. Department of State!)

That’s why we’re happy Lykke’s embarking on a U.S. tour. You see, Scandalist, which has tickets to Lykke’s upcoming Brooklyn show, has been smitten by the 22-year-old Swedish singer — and we think the rest of America will fall for her too after hearing her music. According to Lykke (full name pronounced Lick-ee Lee), her album is all about youth, specifically “broken hearts and finding yourself.” For all the instrumentation on the album (piano, strings, harps, glockenspiels, vibraphones, synths, sax — even a megaphone), the music is nothing but minimal and its dark tone fits her coming-of-age theme perfectly.

So does her voice. Lykke sounds like a jazzed-up, Nordic version of Astrud Gilberto, using a fragile delivery to plumb the depths of love. Also like Astrud, she oozes more than a “Little Bit” of sex appeal. (Watch video above).

Lykke, if you’re reading, Scandalist would like to interview you when you’re in NYC. Preferably in our apartment. We’ll supply the wine. We want to hear about your musician dad and your photographer mom. We want to learn about your itinerant lifestyle, growing up in Stockholm, Portugal and India. You are our very first Fresh Crush. Don’t break our heart. If interested, please e-mail “yes” to this address.

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After the jump, Lykke Li tour dates …

Oct. 19: Black Cat, Washington
Oct. 20: Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York
Oct. 21: Bowery Ballroom, New York
Oct. 23: Paradise, Boston
Oct. 24: Mod Club, Toronto
Oct. 25: Empty Bottle, Chicago
Oct. 28 Richards on Richards, Vancouver
Oct. 29: Neumo’s, Seattle
Oct. 30: Portland
Nov. 1: Independent, San Francisco
Nov. 3: El Rey, Los Angeles

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