Lykke Li’s new video for “Gunshot,” a searching power ballad from her I Never Learn album, is a stark and striking thing. In the video, Lykke looks like a wraith, with corpsepaint makeup and an ill-fitting trench coat, and she dances expressively across a burnt-out apocalyptic parking lot. There seems to be some kind of shantytown there, and she encounters colorful characters — bloodthirsty little kids, girls who seem to twerk compulsively, dirtbike trick riders — without seeming to notice any of them. Maybe the video is some kind of extended heartbreak metaphor, and maybe it all just looks cool. Either way, you can watch it below.
I Never Learn is out now on LL/Atlantic.