I’m always in search of new music, and I love when people turn me onto to an artist that may have been around for a while, but is still new to me. Even better, I love when those fellow music lovers drag me out of my comfort zone to get me to check out that artist that I’ve never seen or heard before, live and in person. So when a fellow photographer asked me to check out Lykke Li on her recent Toronto tour stop, I jumped at the opportunity.
Since I haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, I actually had heard mutterings about Li for some time, but had never taken the time to check out her music. Hailing from Sweden, Li has been making music since 2007. With three albums under her belt (Youth Novels, Wounded Rhymes, I never learn), Li has spent honing her craft as an indie pop sing/songwriter. Weaving multiple genres of music like a fine tapestry, Li’s music is a work of art, evoking incredible imagery through beautifully fashioned sounds. Infusing modern electro pop influences with classical embellishments, Li’s music gains the ability to reach a very wide audience, as evidenced by her large and extremely international fanbase.
For a new fan like me, my first impression of Li was that she was a great performer. She was in full command of the large stage that she and her few band members occupied, and from the first note, had the audience eating out of the palm of her hand. Moving from light and airy on songs like “Jerome” to dark to sultry on a heavier and more intense arrangement of her signature song “Little Bit”, Li showed a versatility and adaptability that sets her apart as an artist and entertainer. Her ability to give her pop and dance tracks a beautiful, almost gothic feel on stage made Li a pleasure to watch perform. Her graceful and sensual movements added a wonderful visual aspect to her performance, in a natural way that a pack of choreographed dancers couldn’t have replicated.
Check out photos from her Toronto show below to see what’s in store for you when you go see Lykke Li live for yourself.
*photos by Nadia Elkharadly and Sarah Madady