OK, so it’s a holiday. Most of you probably don’t even feel like leaving the relaxing homefront. But here’s a good reason to get out for just a little while tonight — Swedish art-rock chanteuse Lykke Li is in town, playing the Regency Ballroom.
If you’ve never seen one of her unique, hyperkinetic performances — which often ends with her rocking the house on trumpet — you owe it to yourself to check her out.
Born Li Lykke Zachrisson, she was raised in Portugal, Nepal and India, and even tried to launch her career from New York, before returning to Stockholm to start her own label, LL Recordings, from which she launched her “Youth Novels” debut in 2008.
After composing a track called “Possibility” for the “Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack — a career coup right there — she and Peter Bjorn And John alum Bjorn Yttling retreated to his studio for sessions that resulted in her dark-textured new sophomore disc “Wounded Rhymes,” and spooky offerings like “I Follow Rivers,” which was just sung by Jenna Ushkowitz’s Tina character on “Glee.”
For this one, she relocated to Southern California for inspiration, spent time in the desert, and got into mundane homebody grooves she hadn’t before, like cooking, reading books, watching DVDs.
She didn’t grant any interviews for this tour, but Yttling noted that with “Wounded Rhymes,” “We tried to make it really good, so lyrics go with sounds, and sounds go with arrangements and instruments. We even took out some really great songs that are potential hits, we worked so much on that album. But it was really fun, too, because it’s like a second band for me, with her.”
For more information, visit www.lykkeli.com.