It’s been roughly a decade since Lykke Li landed as an international indie-pop sweetheart, with the release of her debut album Youth Novels (LL Recordings, 2008). Her illustrious career has scored her numerous accolades (including award nominations and favorable reviews from the likes of Pitchfork), chart-topping singles (“No Rest for the Wicked” and “I Follow Rivers”), and a slew of collaborations (not limited to Röyksopp, David Lynch, and A$AP Rocky). In 2018, Li released her third studio album, So Sad So Sexy (RCA, 2018). This October Li took her album on tour, stopping by New York City’s Terminal 5 on Tuesday night.
Li's performance is more cinematic than a show, more art than spectacle. Silhouettes of light ricochet around the room as eerie electronic sound waves send chills through the crowd. Li opens with a very powerful rendition of “so sad so sexy,” her presence on stage is like a goddess (untouchable and inspiring). Her talent and appeal shatter the room as she continues to sing songs like “deep end” and “hard rain.” Catching a glimpse of Li in her natural element is spectacular—she floats across the stage with an unparalleled energy and a voice that resonates at every corner of the room.