Iâ€™m having trouble finding out much about Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson (stage name â€œLykke Liâ€). I received her â€œLittle Bitâ€ EP in the mail, without much fanfare, and I really like it. Iâ€™ve also been able to locate streams of her debut, â€œYouth Novelsâ€ (two songs from the album are also on the EP), which has been released overseas but doesnâ€™t appear to have a U.S. distributor yet. Her label is listed as LL Recordings, but Iâ€™ve seen indications that this label is not a true indieâ€”it may be distributed through EMI, but I canâ€™t be sure.
For now, Iâ€™m going to give the Swedish singer-songwriter the benefit of the doubt and assume that sheâ€™s not affiliated, so she gets a review here. And not just any reviewâ€”â€œYouth Novelsâ€ is extraordinary. Itâ€™s sexy in the cold, sexless way Bjork is sexy. Itâ€™s quirky in the mainstream pop way that Tori Amos is quirky. â€œLittle Bit,â€ the (well-selected) single is the most mainstream tune on
the record, and itâ€™s great, but donâ€™t let it keep you from digging deeper. â€œBreaking It Up,â€ with its child-like sing-a-long and sugary innocence hides a sad song about the end of a relationship. You can write the record off as harmless pop, but Iâ€™d have to disagree. This is about as good as pop can get.
Her â€œLittle Bit” EP was released domestically in 2007. The fact that Iâ€™m just getting it in the mail indicates to me that there are plans for a U.S. launch of the album. Letâ€™s hope!