Along with Robyn, Lykke Li is the Scandi architect of sad pop for the 21st century. While the former tended to specialize in bangs and bangs, this Swede leans more heavily towards the melancholia genre. fierce on the big screen. Until her last record, that is. In 2018 titled ‘So Sad, So Sexy’, Lykke brought a bit of color, edge and – whisper it – fun continues with pop, trap and R&B dance moves. Along with the sweet disco of Mark Ronson’s 2019 collaboration ‘Late Night Feelings’, her departure is a triumph – but leaves a lot of fans yearning for darker performances than before. hers.
Well, good news for sad sound lovers: Lykke Li is back with low-key vibes. Not only that, but she’s also collaborating again with Björn Yttling – member Peter Bjorn And John, who previously turned the Scandi-pop Midas genre into her first three albums. That does not mean, however, that it is a mockery of previous woes. This time, it’s lo-fi and out there.
Stepping off the dance floor, Lykke recorded ‘EYEYE’ in her bedroom without digital instruments or luxury appliances. In her own words, it’s an “attempt to compress a lifetime of romantic obsession and female fantasy into a super-sensory setting” while capturing “the intimacy of listening to the memo.” voice with large doses of LSD”.
From the opening of the ‘NO HOTEL’ door, immediately a feeling of longing to be intoxicated. “Heart beating, half dead, half carrying blue / With every step, I don’t pass you,’ she sings, marrying her trademark doomed heartbreak with a spectral minimalism. ‘YOU DON’T GO’ almost strayed into shoegaze territory, before ‘HIGHWAY TO YOUR HEART’ took a sparse Americana foundation and embellished it with some subtle synth-pop touches to illustrate the trying to get out of your own head is futile:”Up high, but it won’t last – I’m still alone“. The hypnotic psycho-pop version of ‘HAPPY HURTS’ floats in the sky, while ‘CAROUSEL’ spins and fits like a fairground ride.
A few of her poppier lines may have helped get through the haze here, but the album is more of an art-pop piece than a singles home. After living with it for a while, you’ll appreciate ‘EYEYE’ as a record that can breathe, sigh and will leave you lost in the same daze these tracks were born from. .
Release date: May 20
Record label: PIAS
https://www.nme.com/reviews/album/lykke-li-eyeye-review-3227724?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lykke-li-eyeye-review intimate, lo-fi bedroom pop for lovers of sad sounds