Monday, May 12, 2008

Lykke Li @ The Mod Club, May 11

2008 is becoming the year of Lykke Li. The first I heard of her was late last year, with the seductive “Little Bit,” a track I included on JeffMix2007.11.18. I knew nothing about her at the time — in fact, due to the song’s sparse production and her odd name, I guessed she was Japanese.
     And, as sometimes happens with songs coming out of nowhere on the Internet, I thought that might be the last I heard of Lykke Li. But then there was another song floating around, the haunting “Tonight” (included on JeffMix2008.02.29), and finally a full-length album, the spell-binding Youth Novels — produced by the Bjorn of Peter, Bjorn and John — which includes a handful of best-of-year-worthy tracks.
     Needless to say I was excited to see her live. And even though the set was short — she was opening for El Perro Del Mar — it didn’t take long to realize this is someone poised for a breakthrough. Funkier and sexier than I expected — especially on “Breaking It Up,” a song she encouraged the crowd to “go wild over” — Lykke Li showed she’s no one-hit wonder. More please.

2 comments:

Hubert said...

jMix, I think you're being a little modest. The show at the Mod Club was the best thing I've seen in years. Her energy on stage was mesmerizing. Maybe it had something to do with the venue and the fact we were standing no more than five meters away from her or maybe she was just that good. I say it was the latter. Her record is a very swede experience, but seeing her on stage was an entirely different stereophonic sound spectacular experience.

J e f f r e y G e o f f r e y said...

mesmerizing -- good word. that's what I was thinking while I was watching her last night