Give a listen to… Lykke Li

If you’re a close follower of music blogs, this introduction is coming at least a few weeks late, but if not, I would like you to say hello to the latest in a string of quirky, catchy, beautiful Swedish indie-poppers, Lykke Li. 22-year-old Li’s first album, Youth Novels, was released in Sweden on LL Recordings on February 4, and will shortly be released in the United States and more broadly in Europe. The album was produced by fellow Swede indie king Bjorn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John). Her sound has been described as “a mix of soul, electro and powdered-sugar pop” and is distinguished from similar artists with its raw, almost earthy quality, as showcased below in a late April performance of her latest single “Little Bit” on Later with Jools Holland:

Like what you hear/see? Check out three more downloads and links to Li’s Myspace, official site and purchase information for imports of Youth Novels below. If you’re waiting for the domestic release, also check out songs from 2007’s Little Bit EP available on iTunes, as of its May 6 U.S. release. Listen to her now before a laptop/cell phone/PDA company catches wind of these fresh tunes, and you can claim that you knew her “before all that”!

Download: Lykke Li ‘Tonight’
Download: Lykke Li ‘Dance Dance Dance’
Download: Lykke Li ‘I’m Good, I’m Gone’
Visit: Myspace

Give a listen to… Kate Nash


20-year-old Dublin songstress Kate Nash’s debut album “Made of Bricks” will finally be unleashed upon the States tomorrow after over a year of critical acclaim overseas, and I cannot find the words to adequately describe the many reasons why this is an album you should most certainly own. Nash’s British accent and quirky song-writing style have drawn comparisons to other artists from across the ocean, most notably Lily Allen, but any similarities end at the accent. Simply put, Nash is what everyone will be saying Lily Allen “could have been” three years from now.

Need some evidence? Check out the video of Nash’s performance of her #1 single “Foundations” from Jool Holland’s Hootenanny New Years’ Eve show below, as well as a download of the wickedly tart “Dickhead” and a link to her Myspace profile to hear more.

Download: Kate Nash ‘Dickhead’
Visit: Myspace
Visit: Official Site

Be on the lookout for more “Give a listen to…” entries on a semi-regular basis here at the blog, spotlighting upcoming artists that deserve your attention.