Lykke Li can be grateful for two blessings. Firstly, any girl whose name is pronounced “leaky” should consider herself pretty damn fortunate not to have attended a UK primary school. Secondly, the 22 year-old singer is in possession of one of the most mesmerising and distinctive voices to have emerged onto the indie-pop scene in recent years.
With minimal yet warm production from fellow Swede Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John), her debut single 'Little Bit'charmed the not-inconsiderable pants off Londonist. Its understated lyrics are delivered with an endearing blend of innocence and seduction, and conjure images of ice and roaring fires*. It was therefore surprising that her most recent offering 'I’m Good I’m Gone', which had its physical release on Monday, was met with slightly mixed reviews from critics.
But sod them and go and decide for yourself, because she’s playing a FREE in-store gig tonight at the newly opened Puregroove record shop in Farringdon. Doors are at 6.30pm, and no tickets are required – it’s a matter of getting there early enough and standing in line. Londonist was at Puregroove on Monday to see the Mystery Jets launch their 80s-tastic single “2 Doors Down”, and suggests getting to the venue no later than 5.45pm. Note to umbrella users: you’ll be queuing outside.
Have a look at the Puregroove Facebook page for directions and details of their upcoming free events (the Little Ones on 21st July are so-called “ones to watch”).
See you there!
* Disclosure: this might not have been the case had Lykke Li originated from Stoke-On-Trent.
By Andy Fell