Twenty-four-year-old Swedish soul and electro pop artist Lykke Li was back in New York preparing to launch her new album, Wounded Rhymes, the follow-up to her highly acclaimed 2008 debut album, Youth Novels. As I entered the venue, it was all different and I knew it was going to be special. Have you been to Le Poisson Rouge for a concert in the round? I’ve seen two shows here before (Marina & The Diamonds and El Perro Del Mar), but not in a set-up like this. Two drummers, two keyboardists, a guitarist, a back-up singer and Lykke crammed on a small stage with about 500 fans intensely focused on them with digital cameras and iPhones.
She certainly didn’t disappoint as she played the best from Youth Novels including “Little Bit,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “I’m Good, I’m Gone” and “Breaking It Up.” And she played a number of new songs, all of which she said had not been performed live. We were the first, making the night very special. Early favorites she performed included her newest single, “Get Some,” which I’m sort of addicted to. “I’m your prostitute. You gonna get some.” Check out the video at the end of this post.
“Jerome” was my favorite of the night, and her encore, “Silent My Song” was gorgeous. Her new record is going to be hot. Check out two new songs I caught on video: “I Follow Rivers” and “Rich Kid Blues.” Quality of the video is… eh, but who cares. You can’t go wrong with Lykke Li. I’m definitely buying tickets to see her again in May when she plays Webster Hall. However, it won’t be as intimate as this: