Lykke Li - “Rich Kid Blues”
The Sound Academy - November 15th 2011
L & I went to check out the lovely Lykke Li last night at the Sound Academy and we are both super glad we did. I was so inspired by her that I have both her albums on repeat this morning—two records that have never been lacking for play time around here anyway.
What was so great about Lykke was how good of a show it was. I say show because it is the theatrical element that sets watching Lykke apart from watching others. There was a really intense amount of strobe lights and smoke machines, coupled with three simple but elegant pieces of draping fabric hanging from high up in the smoke. Lykke would storm around in the fog dancing in the pieces of fabric, hammering on the symbols with a drumstick, and creating beautiful silhouettes of herself in front of the strobe lights. Furthermore, she created a really dynamic show by alternating between things like being all alone on the stage playing her-auto harp, to screaming through her megaphone backed up by her full band and back up singer.
I found a new appreciation for the instrumentation in Lykke Li’s music. The percussion in her songs is so exciting! It’s got so much going on and so much power in it. It’s so fun to dance to, but also to watch her stomp around the stage to. It really struck me that she takes things to the next level with her choice to have 2 drummers on stage, and the way her full band and back up singer really support her throughout. There were moments when she sounded tired, but you didn’t mind… you didn’t blame her for it, because she was delivering a great show anyway.
A song-writer myself, I was reminded of the time my mother told me that “people probably don’t want to hear songs about how hard it is to live your easy, privileged, beautiful life” (thanks mum). However, I think Lykke Li turns that statement on its head. Songs like Rich Kid Blues and Everybody But Me give beautiful and passionate insight into the lives of women who are obviously beautiful, smart, talented and lucky… but restless and unsatisfied. I hear a really beautiful and brutal honesty in her songs. They attack a subject I can relate to, and obviously the throngs of other people at the Sound Academy last night could too. What truly makes Lykke special is how she makes this really profound statement with her lyrics, offering you a really interesting perspective… while simultaneously making you want to stomp your feet, move your hips and close your eyes. You want to Dance Dance Dance until you feel better, and then you actually DO somehow feel better, after.
To conclude, Lykke Li is as awesome as ever. She knows how to put on a show just like she knows how to put out a record. I can’t wait to see what she gets up to next! How how Lykke—We love you.
Wire wire over my head
Mama she told me keep your eyes on the trophy
And the sires sires out of your bed
For delirious gestures are so easily misread
Mama I got your wild eyed taste
Mama there’s nothing you can do or say
I got the rich kid blues and its got nothing to do with you
I got the rich kid blues and I’m not sure that I’m pulling through