Oh, hello there. Perhaps I should introduce myself. I'm Jumbo Slice. I'm the guy that moved to Austin and then disappeared from the blog for a while. I forgot to post reviews and such. A thousand apologies to Potsy who has been manning the ship while I've been lazy. Really, really lazy.
The other night I got an invitation from John from Side One Track One to see Lykke Li (Swedish for "likes to wear mom jeans"). Little Miss Lykke specializes in dancy electronica that's cute and quirky. Not the music I typically get into. However, I listened to her album (Youth Novels) and she has some very catchy tunes. There was also a lot of buzz leading up to the sold out show. Before the doors even opened at Antone's there was a long line kids waiting to get in. They got there early so they could claim a spot right next to the stage. I thought that was a little asinine until I remembered doing the same thing for Dead Milkmen shows when I was young.
I'll take sloppy garage rock over dance pop any day. However, I quite enjoyed this show. Lykke has a superstar quality that kept the kids enraptured throughout the night. The next time she plays Austin, it'll be at a much bigger venue. Tracks such as "Dance, Dance, Dance", "Little Bit", and "I'm Good, I'm Gone" were stand outs but others seemed like filler (John aptly described them as "Prom Ballads"). An uneven set like this is not unusual for someone with only one album. Overall, the songs sounded much better live than on record. The backing band added an energy and urgency. The album is very polished - almost too much. The live setting brought new life to the songs (particularly "Compliant Department" which is a bit of dud on record).
Thumbs up from me for Lykke Li. It was a good reminder to add some variety to the concerts I attend. Indie shows can become rote after a while so it's smart to mix it up sometimes.
Here's Lykke Li performing her opening song, "Dance, Dance, Dance". Take note of her huge LYKKE LI banner and her Stevie Nicks style of witchy dancing: