Lykke Li at The Fox Theatre

Whatever it is, she certainly has it. The 25-year old, Swedish singer, Lykke Li, came to the Bay Area and performed at the Fox Theater in Oakland.

The Swedish songstress Lykke Li.
The Fox Theatre in Oakland!

As the daughter of two artistic and creative parents (her father is a musician and her mother is a photographer), it’s no wonder that Lykke Li is such an innovative artist who produces music with such an eclectic mix. She’s a blend of soul, electronic, pop, and indie rock. Some of her songs include the use of violins, synthesizers, tambourines, trumpets, and saxophones.

Youth Novels, her debut album, was released in 2008 and was co-produced by none other than Björn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. Wounded Rhymes, her second album, was released earlier this year. She has definitely become more popular this past year as she played at both Coachella and Lollapalooza in 2009. Rapper Drake remixed her song “Little Bit” and most recently Tyler the Creator remixed her latest single, “I Follow Rivers.”

Swedish band First Aid Kit opened the show.
Lykke Li performing with her band.

The show was packed and I was surprised that the crowd was mostly a little bit older. The Fox Theater is the perfect medium between a large venue and a smaller intimate setting. The interior of the theater is quite incredible as the ceiling and walls have intricate and colorful designs. The Fox is definitely a venue to add to the list!

I was consumed with doubts and worries that the show was going to get cancelled when on the day of the show Lykke Li’s facebook status read, “Fever in Napa.” Funny thing, I too started to feel a little under the weather that day, but that did not stop me from going to the show, and Lykke Li’s fever did not stop her from performing an amazing set.

Joined by five other band members, she opened the night with “Jerome” and also rocked a few of her older songs including, “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Little Bit,” and “I’m Good, I’m Gone.” She of course sang some of her newer tracks like “Get Some” and “Sadness is a Blessing.” She also performed a beautiful cover of the Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody” and closed the show with “Unrequited Love.”

Her style is impeccable and quite enviable. At the show, she wore an all black three-piece chiffon number. Her dark, yet simple and unapologetic style is one that all girls should covet. She is such an amazing performer with a unique stage presence. It is so enjoyable to watch her in action on stage. She dances to her own drumbeat, but it’s a drumbeat that all the girls (and guys) want to start dancing to.

Dressed in an all black three-piece chiffon dress, Lykke Li appears almost ethereal on stage.

Though she did not perform this one last night, check out the stage magic and watch her in action singing one of my favorites, “Let It Fall”, at a show a few years back.

Chandler Tang
BARE Reporter