Song of the Day 5/20/08: Lykke Li - Dance, Dance, Dance
All trends reach a saturation point, and I don't think it's a huge leap to say that the archetype of smoky, adorable female vocalist is just about there. What with Karen O, Emily Haines, Khaela Maricich (The Blow), et al. - capping off neatly with the Feist explosion - it now takes more than just being adorable and female and talented to draw attention in the music world. You've got to have "it" - that vague, elusive magnetism that pulls listeners toward you (and away from countless other would-be indie darlings).
It's a little too early to call, but I think Lykke Li has "it," or at least something very close. Dance, Dance, Dance flashes her promise: she's got the essential smooth voice, but I'm hooked on the strange musical asides, from thin jazz horns to Latin percussive cadence. This one's wide open, and it thrives off the spaces it doesn't fill out. Something about the way it's put together makes her come off as that musically inclined friend that you always knew would become famous - and now, to your delight, she has very much arrived.
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