Every now and then, I stumble upon an album that is just perfect. An album I can’t help but listen to over and over again, and fail to get sick of. One of those albums is Lykke Li ‘s Wounded Rhymes.
The album came out back in 2011 and its first single, “Sadness is a Blessing”, instantly blew me away. It probably helped that it had a killer video to go with it. For a long time, I found myself propelled in the soul aching universe created by Li’s sounds, lyrics and haunting tone and I loved it.
About a year later, she released a cover of one of my favorite songs, Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs”, making her my ultimate breakup/I’m sad best friend. She shares the top spot with my other friend, Jack Daniels.
When news came out that she was releasing her third album, I was still slightly afraid. Were things about to change? Was I now going to find a disconnect between me, her and that dark but happy place everyone just needs once in a while?
Lykke Li’s first single, “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” makes me think I might have nothing to worry about. Though it wasn’t love at first listen, as “Sadness” was, it was definitely like as it equally throws your in her heartbreaking univers. In her video, she looks hurt, traumatized and just plain broken. Lucky for us (and maybe not her), the singer has described the first single as perfectly capturing the essence of her new album I Never Learn.
Don’t even think of getting in touch with me on May 5th, as it is now marked in my calendar as the day I lock myself in my room and listen to the new album. Tissues have also been purchased. Lykke will be performing at this year’s Osheaga Festival.
About Caroline Royer
NUMTL Founder and Editor-in-chief, Caroline is an Ottawa-born Montrealer who has spent the better part of her life playing and listening to music. Otherwise, she is a diehard Sens fan, freakishly into architecture and industrial design and terrible at staying put for more than 5 minutes.