Friday, August 29, 2008

we saw: Lykke Li

"Let Me Go Tonight"
(Totally Sweet Photo by EarFarm)
Well that was fucking awesome. To be perfectly honest, as a big fan of Youth Novels I was unsure of how Ms. Li would come across live. Truth be told, I wasn't expecting this to be much of a show. Boy was I wrong. Not only was (le) poisson rouge absolutely packed, but Lykke put on an inspired show that proves she is well beyond hype and is truly a force to be reckoned with. Lykke had the audience (in the round!), especially the flash photographers, enraptured with her Stevie Nicks sway. Her vocals shined throughout the night and were especially spot-on during the coy, piano ballad "Time Flies" and the break up anthem "Breaking it Up." Like on record, it's incredible how much an excellent percussionist can add, as the show would not have been bubbling over with energy if it wasn't for Ms. Li's drummer. Lykke covered most of the ground work laid out on Youth Novels, including everyone's favorite "Little Bit", which made 700 hearts simultaneously flutter, and "Let It Fall", a personal favorite. She also busted out timely covers of Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" (video), which was actually kinda cool, and Tribe's classic "Can I Kick It?", which I actually thought was going to be "Walk On The Wild Side." It wasn't, but it sure was a fun way to end the evening (video below). I think it's safe to say that after last night, if you haven't already fallen in love with Lykke a hundred times, well, what's wrong with you?!?! Need proof of her charming beauty and effervescent songs, hit up her October show at Music Hall, but snap them up fast because they could very well be gone by this afternoon if last nights performance was any indication.

Dance, Dance, Dance
Let It Fall
I'm Good, I'm Gone
Hanging High
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Vampire Weekend cover)
Little Bit
Complaint Department
Window Blues
Breaking It Up
Time Flies
Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)

Can I Kick It? Live at (le) poisson rouge (Shot by Ear Farm)

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