Don’t you let Lykke Li go tonight.
Minneapolis–Lykke Li‘s debut album Youth Novels has marveled me since the first time I saw the music video for “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” She’s the type of artist that one can’t squeeze into a category. Li brings a new flavor of originality and authenticity to every lyric and movement that she makes. Setting the ideal mood for Li’s performance was Dinkytown’s finest Varsity Theater, it was a Sunday night and in Li’s words “God’s day.” The walls are draped in crimson velvet curtains and the ceilings centerpiece is a disco ball and two non decadent chandeliers hanging above the stage. It is picturesque occasion for an intimate evening with the university crowd waiting in anticipation of something new to believe in or at least dance to.
The opening act also hailing from Sweden, Wildbirds & Peacedrums is a duo; Mariam Wallentin on vocals and Andreas Werliin accompanying on the drums. Their set started out with Wallentin singing tonal acapella scraps and stomping her foot as a drum. Moreover, the sound is explosively percussive lots of the style alludes to tribal drumming. In addition to the drums and vocals a couple of other instruments are featured including the cowbell and zither.
Due to a Youtube video that recently circulated the crowd buzzed with hopes of Bon Iver joining Lykke in a duet on the song “Dance, Dance, Dance.” But, that hope was lost in the swing of Li’s hips on the stage as she opened with the song. Full of vibrancy and agility, Lykke Li danced like she was crazy in love with life. The performance consisted of highlighted singles such as “Breaking It Up,” “Little Bit,” “Time Flies,” and “Tonight.” Also, a cover of Lil Wayne’s “A Milli” showed off Lykke Li’s rap chops. Li created an ebb and flow of hard hitting gentleness that will keep getting her noticed throughout the rest of the 2009.
Written by Rachel Summers