Modcast # 187: Lykke Li

Concluding with the newly released 'I Never Learn', Lykke Li's album trilogy has been like a series of open books, earnestly expressing the intense period of being a woman in her 20s. These melancholic admissions are told through incredibly gifted song-craft. Contributing this heart wrenching, nostalgic and epic 26 song playlist, the Swedish artist seems to reveal even more about her emotional makeup and experiences. The matured collection features unexpected cuts from some of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century and introduces a few new comers. Read on as we discuss the importance of the album format, transcendental mediation and her acting roles. 'I Never Learn' is now available worldwide via her online store.

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This playlist really sticks out as it contains a lot of uncommon tracks from recognised career artists including selections from Emmylou Harris' 18th album and 2007 Bryan Ferry. Do you see yourself spending the rest of your life making and playing music as these artists have?

One can only dream that I continue to be as inspired and prolific as these artists have been. You never know what lies ahead so you have to catch the fire while you can.

If you weren't as talented as you thankfully are, what would be your alternate line of work?

I'm really into neuroscience, homeopathy and poetry so hopefully something in that realm.

The album format seems very important to you. Why? Is this something you will continue to preserve beyond the newly completed trilogy?

It was absolutely necessary for my survival as a woman, I had to get rid of my painful youth in order to step into the light as a woman. I am now happier and stronger then ever. Ready for any challenge that may arise. And so inspired to make music again!

You're a devotee to transcendental meditation after being introduced to the practice by David Lynch. What impact has this had on your music?

It has put me in touch with my deepest feelings and out of it a crystal clear vision has arrived. It has also made me move faster between A and B.

Keeping company with some great directors, has anyone presented the opportunity to score a film?

Yes, I've just been so busy making my records but really looking forward to that in the future. It will also allow me to be at home more which would be a wonderful healing thing.

Has performing on stage and appearing in music videos prepared you for your acting roles or is this a completely different beast?

It has prepared me some but not really as I am in complete control and directing myself in my videos. If I'm starring in someone else's film I need to become their puppet which is a little hard for a control freak like me.

What are some of your favourite films?

Paris, Texas. Deerhunter. Opening Night. Last Tango in Paris.

Thank you for introducing us to the music of Amason and Tussilago, both from your home country. How would you describe the music scene in Sweden?

Blooming!

Playlist

Graham Nash - Simple Man
Harry Wilson - Save The Last Dance For Me (alternative version)
Neil Young - Such A Woman
Nina Simone - Who Knows where the time goes
Bob Marley - Selassie Is The Chapel
Fleetwood Mac - Storms
Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares To You
Kathy McLord - I'll Never Be Alone Again
Foreigner - I Want To Know What Loves Is
Rolling Stones - Heaven
Swans - No Cure for the Lonely
Bryan Ferry - Make You Feel My Love
Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou - Homesickness
Alessi Brothers - Seabird
Amason - Alen
Tussilago - Lovesong #1
Karen Dalton - Reason To Believe
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Love is
Robert Wyatt - At Last I'm Free
Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire
Elvis Presley - Blue Moon
Grateful Dead - Dark Star
Harry Nilsson - Don't Forget Me
Big Star - Dream Lover
Judy Henske - Buckeye Jim
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball

Tour Dates

03/07/14 ROSKILDE FESTIVAL, ROSKILDE, DENMARK
04/07/14 OPEN'ER FESTIVAL, KOSAKOWO, POLAND
06/07/14 ROCK WERCHTER, WERCHTER, BELGIUM
15/07/14 MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL, MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND
17/07/14 SLOTTSJFELL FESTIVAL, OSLO, NORWAY
20/07/14 LATITUDE FESTIVAL, SOUTHWOLD, UK
01/08/14 LOLLAPALOOZA, CHICAGO, USA
03/08/14 OSHEAGA FESTIVAL, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
08/08/14 SQUAMISH FESTIVAL, VANCOUVER, CANADA
10/08/14 OUTSIDE LANDS FESTIVAL, SAN FRANCISCO, USA
17/09/14 PARAMOUNT THEATRE, SEATTLE, USA
19/09/14 CRYSTAL BALLROOM, PORTLAND, USA
22/09/14 NORTH PARK THEATRE, SAN DIEGO, USA
23/09/14 HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM, LOS ANGELES, USA
27/09/14 UPTOWN THEATRE, KANSAS CITY, USA
28/09/14 FIRST AVENUE, MINNEAPOLIS, USA
30/09/14 KOOL HAUS, TORONTO, CANADA
01/10/14 UNION TRANSFER, PHILADELPHIA, USA
03/10/14 HOUSE OF BLUES, BOSTON, USA
04/10/14 RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK, USA
06/10/14 9:30 CLUB, WASHINGTON, USA
08/10/14 THE TABERNACLE, ATLANTA, USA
09/10/14 HOUSE OF BLUES, ORLANDO, USA
10-12/10/14 III POINTS FESTIVAL, MIAMI, USA
05/11/14 ADMIRALSPALAST, BERLIN, GERMANY
06/11/14 KESSELHAUS, MUNICH, GERMANY
07/11/14 GROSSE FREIHEIT, HAMBURG, GERMANY
09/11/14 COLOGNE E-WERK, COLOGNE, GERMANY
11/11/14 LES INROCKS PHILIPS, CASINO DE PARIS, FRANCE
13/11/14 EVENTIM APOLLO, LONDON, UK
15/11/14 ALBERT HALL, MANCHESTER, UK
16/11/14 VICAR STREET, DUBLIN, IRELAND

July 3, 2014 at 4:25pm in modcast


 

Events

22.08.14 - Paredes de Coura Festival

Porto, Portugal

24.08.14 - Rock En Seine

Paris, France

27.08.14 - Cut Copy

Magnolia, Milan, Italy

28.08.14 - Cut Copy

Zurich Open Air, Opfikon, Switzerland

04.09.14 - Movement

Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, Australia

05.09.14 - Movement

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne, Australia

06.09.14 - Movement

Newtown Social Club, Sydney, Australia

10.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Wall, Taipei, Taiwan

13.09.14 - Cut Copy

Samsung Hall, Manila, Philippines

16.09.14 - Cut Copy

The Republik, Honolulu, HI

17.09.14 - Movement

Pearl St Nightclub, Northampton, MA

18.09.14 - Movement

Paradise, Boston, MA

20.09.14 - Hellow Festival

Monterrey, Mexico

20.09.14 - Movement

Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON

21.09.14 - Movement

Magic Stick, Detroit, MI

23.09.14 - Movement

Metro, Chicago, IL

24.09.14 - Movement

First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

26.09.14 - Movement

Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

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