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.
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
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