Lykke Li’s New Swedish Single ‘BRON’ Makes Us Wistful for Europe

 

 

The first verse of the new Lykke Li single “BRON” roughly translates from Swedish as:

“On a bridge
With heart in hand again
It is now or never
I died”

The song (released Friday, October 9 via INGRID) is really about a splintering relationship—but the words nevertheless do seem very right for our times. And that there’s a hymn-like quality to the music only serves to emphasize this point. Sonically, with the opulently sweeping arrangements, and Lykke’s voice so full of genuine longing, we can’t help but be reminded of the Cyndi Lauper classic “Time After Time”—but if it had perhaps been produced by the Cocteau Twins or A-ha. (Production and co-writing credits actually go to Oscar winning composer Ludwig Göransson).

 

 

It all does sound distinctly, ethereally European.

Ms. Li is based in Los Angeles now, of course. But as we find ourselves so physically disconnected from the rest of the world, especially Europe, her delivering this little gem in her native tongue does at least feel like a fantastical bridge of sorts, to a continent we can’t be sure when we’ll actually be able to return to.

 

 

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