Swedish week: Lykke Li “Sadness is a Blessing”

We could not possibly finish our selection of Swedish recent tracks without mentioning Lykke Li, who plays today here in Portugal at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival. With already two critically acclaimed albums under her belt, she has become increasingly popular among indie music fans everywhere because of her unique vocal style, emotional constrained lyrics and a flair for mixing pop, rock and electronic elements into her songs. Here is her latest single, called Sadness Is A Blessing (from the album Wounded Rhymes), where her beautiful voice showcases a feeling of emotional pain that contrasts rather well with the dramatic and somehow retro instrumental being delivered (check out those Phil Spector-style drums!). If the song’s mood is drowned in misery (“Sadness is a blessing, sadness is a curse, sadness is my boyfriend, oh sadness I’m your girl”, she sings) the same can be said for the (amazing) tension-filled 7 minute video where a quiet, uncomfortable restaurant crowd, watches a couple falling apart.



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