09/30/14 Toronto, ON @ Kool Hausv
10/01/14 Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
10/03/14 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
10/04/14 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall
10/06/14 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/08/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
10/09/14 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
10/10/14-10/12/14 III Points Festival
Mapei's very brief set included some tracks from her debut album Hey Hey (Downtown Records), which was released last Tuesday, September 23rd, but also throwing in a cover of OutKast's "Prototype".
My favorite song from her set was "Believe", with a very infectious chorus: "Baby, when your back is against the wall, and you thought you lost it all..."
Dance Dance Dance
The black drapes and cloud of fog and near-darkness lighting created this moody atmosphere. Obviously, Lykke Li is a creature of the stage wanted to create this mysterious theater of dance, body language, costumes, and, of course, music.
Majority of the set included a lot of new songs from I Never Learn (including the title track, "Just Like A Dream", "No Rest For The Wicked", "Sleeping Alone", "Gunshot", "Never Gonna Love Again", and encore "Heart Of Steel").
The older tracks from her debut Youth Novel got the biggest response from the audience... Especially hearing the first few bars of "Little Bit" got the crowd roaring with cheer. Familiar songs like "Dance, Dance, Dance" were reworked live, like the song had evolved over time.
My favorite was the Bruce Springsteen cover "I'm On Fire", even though the music didn't queue up as soon as Lykke Li announced, "I don't know about you, but I'm on fire..." Her version is, of course, a little slower and with a hint of sadness.
Speaking of sadness, there were a few tracks from 2011's Wounded Rhymes, which was probably written at a low time for Lykke Li. She confessed on stage that the album was a "real bummer," but she recognize that we all need to feel down at some point.
For the encore, Lykke Li gave us a treat with a Swedish song "Du Är Den Ende", because Minneapolis was "the best audience so far!"
I found out later that the origin of the song is based in a standard Spanish song called "Romance Anónimo" (Anonymous Romance), but re-written with lyrics as "Du Är Den Ende" (translated to English as "You are the only one") by sixties/seventies Swedish singer Lill Lindfors.
The second song on the encore was "Heart Of Steel", followed by an outro song of The Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down".
Lykke Li's album I Never Learn is out now on LL Recordings/Atlantic Records. It's good to have the Swedish singer back in the states, check out the rest of her tour with Mapei.
Lykke Li at First Avenue, Minneapolis (28 Sep 2014)