Lykke Li video

Lykke Li — Swedish indie-pop royalty and inspiration to rappers as disparate as Drake and Tyler, The Creator — released a trailer for her new album I Never Learn last week. Now comes the first video from the record, “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone,” as well as a statement from Lykke:

Every song on the album is a power ballad. Like one of those old radio stations. This is a slow dance; a slow burner.
I wrote ["No Rest for the Wicked"] in Sweden when I was packing up my shit, and I’d just gotten out of a relationship and it was a horrible time. I just had the hurt, shame, sadness, guilt, longing. In the verse, I’m referring to myself pleading guilty but I’m referring to all of us.

You don’t need much time with “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone” to find out Lykke’s description of her new album is on-point. It’s a stark, intimate, brokenhearted ballad with a video to match by director Tarik Saleh. It’s a thing of beauty, and you can watch it below, where you’ll also find the album’s tracklist and Lykke’s tour dates.

(via Pitchfork)

I Never Learn is out 5/6 via LL/Atlantic. Here’s the tracklist:

1. I Never Learn
2. No Rest for the Wicked
3. Just Like a Dream
4. Silverline
5. Gunshot
6. Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
7. Never Gonna Love Again
8. Heart of Steel
9. Sleeping Alone

And here are the tour dates:

4/24 Stockholm, Sweden @ Berns
4/27 Brussels, Belgium @ AB
4/29 Berlin, Germany @ Astra
4/30 Munich, Germany @ Kesselhaus
5/2 Cologne, Germany @ E-Werk
5/3 Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivolivredenburg
5/6 Paris, France @ Trianon
5/8 London, England @ Village Underground
5/9 London, England @ Village Underground
5/15 New York City, NY @ Apollo Theatre
5/19 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at the Ace Hotel

Comments (5)
  1. Not really the direction I was expecting or hoping for, but it could prove rewarding. I’m hoping this grows on me.

  2. Sorry boo this isn’t a power ballad. Next!

  3. Lyrics: 4/5
    Verse: 4/5
    Chorus: 4/5
    Guitar accompaniment: 2/5 Bland 4/4 signature and strumming of 4 repeating chords.
    Vocals: 2/5 Babyish sounding which takes away from the lyrics/meaning of the song and it takes a bit of effort to understand what she’s saying. She puts out the right mood, but it’s like she’s a little girl with marbles in her mouth when the song needs a woman to be singing it.

    Overall 3/5

  4. Very much in the vein of her first two albums, but a great song nonetheless. The part where it sounds like she’s starting to cry is really intense.

  5. I wasn’t so sure how I felt about this the first time I listened, but I’m really loving this now. The girl can do no wrong in my book. She’s such an inspiration to me as a singer and a writer. I know people can be very negative about her voice. I live in Nashville, TN where everyone is a professional singer. It’s rare even among all this talent to find something as real and as honest as Lykke Li. She just really makes you feel something! She’s as true an ARTIST as they come! Can’t wait for the new album!

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