Breaking It Up
Label: Atlantic Records Uk
Lykke Li may play the sweet and innocent girl, but under that sugar-coated charm is a robust mix of wit and sophistication. The songstress' slight Swedish accent rolls off in pixie coos that succeed in being frank ("And for you I keep my legs apart") just as well as they do vulnerable ("Oh, how I love the way tears suit my face"). With the help of producer Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), pops of heavy bass, retro sing-along harmonies and subtle electro beats never overtake the star of this show. Move over Feist, the Swedes have got the next indie-pop sweetheart on their hands.