Lykke Li's new album Wounded Rhymes is currently streaming in full on Hype Machine. If you haven't given it a spin, I highly recommend. While somber in content --somewhat of a breakup album-- there is a powerful, emotional tone at the core of these songs that can't be ignored. The Swedish songstress commands her vocals carefully upon dramatic beats. While "I Will Follow Rivers" first caught my eye as the album's stand out track, I've since become completely enthralled by "Love Out Of Lust," which I've probably played 5 times a day for the past week and a half. It's just that solid of a track, filled with prominent percussion and soft, sultry vocals.
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes (Hype Machine Album Exclusive) by LykkeLi
Li was recently featured in February's issue of Spin as one of the "Next Big Things: 11 Artists to Watch in 2011," and rightly so. Having come up musically with the assistance of bloggers, she's been hustlin' the internet with appearances on a plethora of web sessions since her 2008 debut Youth Novels. MTV must have finally taken note of the trend; they'll be hosting Li in an episode of Unplugged this Thursday, April 7th, featuring a 7-set session.