Listen: Lykke Li’s Stripped Down ‘so sad so sexy (alt version)’



It was bound to be a Swede who would think to name an album so sad so sexy. And with the title track of Lykke Li’s somber (but sexy) 2018 masterstroke, she achieved a new level of intimacy with her already adoring public.

Should you have not had quite enough of the sadness (or sexiness), she’s just released an EP – edifyingly titled still sad still sexy – with remixed versions of six of the album tracks. A reworking of ‘sex money feelings die’ featuring Lil Baby & snowsa was hot stuff indeed. But we’ve fallen hard for a new version of ‘so sad so sexy,’ for which she strips down the music, further emphasizing the lyrical melancholy.

Indeed, when she achingly confesses, “I’m cryin’ diamonds like a river inside,” the visceral effect is noticeably heightened.

August will be a monumental month for Lykke, as her YOLA DÍA festival debuts in L.A. on the 18th, flaunting an all female lineup. Something of an ideological successor to the Lilith Fair, it will feature performances by Courtney Love, Cat Power and Empress Of. Boys are welcomed to attend.


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