By Annie Reuter
It’s been nearly three years since we’ve heard from Lykke Li. The Swedish singer-songwriter rose to popularity in 2008 thanks to her debut Youth Novels and her ethereal hit “Possibility,” which was featured on The Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack.
She went on to record a follow-up to Youth Novels, titled Wounded Rhymes, in 2011 which included her most popular song to date, the electro-pop “I Follow Rivers.” But don’t call her a pop singer.
Li opens up in a new interview with NME on her forthcoming release, due out later this year, and explains why she doesn’t consider herself a pop artist.
“I see my albums as a trilogy, with Youth Novels as the first one and hopefully this one as the last in this chapter,” she told NME.
She also explained how a breakup has had a major impact on the writing of her forthcoming release.
“It’s always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman,” she said.
In the interview, she admitted that she has always felt misunderstood as a female in the music scene.
“I always feel like I’ve been slightly misunderstood. As a woman you get judged for appearances or things like that I don’t really care about. If anything I want to be seen as a singer-songwriter rather than a pop artist. I really feel like I’ve found my voice.”
When she’s not busy writing new music, Li is working on her acting chops. She’ll make her acting debut in a Swedish crime drama, Tommy, which will be released in March. Watch the trailer below.
Lykke Li’s forthcoming, yet to be titled album, is rumored to be released later this year.