SWEDEN STRIKES BACK

There can be only one Lykke Li

Swedish singer/songwriter/contortionist Lykke Li is unfairly maligned these days as a sort of Lady Gaga knock-off, as if her idiosyncratic 2008 electro debut Youth Novels was merely The Fame Monster in chrysalis. The physical resemblance is striking—we’ll allow that much—but Li is fully her own creation, a shrewd dance-pop alchemist who sells her gothic synths with fetishistic abandon. Newly released single “Get Some” boasts dense jungle drums and a Barbarella-themed music video; if this were a contest between dames, Li’s bizarrely engrossing yelps would prove the clear victor.
Wed., Dec. 1, 8 p.m., 2010

 
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