Dont Miss Lykke Li Tomorrow Night

November 16th, 2011

For a time, Lykke Li wanted to be a dancer, but while she’d always yearned to be onstage, she ultimately decided dancing wasn’t creative enough and that it involved too much time in a gym/studio. Her path to becoming a singer-songwriter couldn’t have been hurt by the fact that her dad, a multi-instrumentalist, plays world music. Plus, Li’s got eclectic tastes: “I’ve been into everything from Edith Piaf to Joe Strummer to the Velvet Underground to Suicide to A Tribe Called Quest to African music.” And, furthermore, it’s the music that she listens to that shapes her own songs. Her first EP came out in 2007, earning her raves and an Artist to Watch label from Stereogum. An LP filled with electropop and keen hooks, Youth Novels, followed the next year. Wounded Rhymes, recorded in L.A., was released this year and the disc has earned Lykke Li (above, playing “Get Some” on Later … with Jools Holland) even more attention. See her tomorrow night at The Wellmont Theatre.