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Musical Pairings: Lykke Li – Youth Novels (shaved cucumber salad)

Cucumber, dill, mint and red onion. It’s a pretty simple salad recipe: light, crisp, and fresh. It’s a great summer/spring dish. Swedish indie-pop artist Lykke Li‘s album Youth Novels, which is also simple, light, crisp, and fresh, is a great pairing for this recipe. Her simple, hushed vocals are smooth and clean, balanced by the quirky, minimalist instrumentation and bass. Lykke Li has received an amazingly abundant amount of love from just about everyone in the music industry including Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Q Magazine, MTV, and even American Idol (this past season featured a segment with the Idol contestants covering Li’s “I’m Good, I’m Gone”).

I presume you’ve heard a lot off of Youth Novels already, so I’ll stick to hosting non-album tracks. However, if you haven’t heard anything from the album, you can follow this link to download Lykke Li – Little Bit from Broken Silence. It’s an awkwardly sweet song about nervously confessing love to another person: “I think I’m a little bit / a little bit / a little bit in love with you / but only if you’re a little bit / little bit / little bit in love with me.” Awkward love is easily the perfect theme for a song featuring Lykke Li’s shy, hushed vocals, so this is a great entry point into the album. Other album highlights include the tracks “I’m Good, I’m Gone,” “Dance, Dance, Dance,” “Tonight,” and “Complaint Department.”

Lykke Li – I’m Good, I’m Gone (Black Kids Remix)

Lykke Li – Hanging High (Acoustic on MPR)
Lykke Li – Little Bit (Acoustic on MPR)
Lykke Li – Tonight (Acoustic on MPR)

Lykke Li – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa (Live Vampire Weekend Cover)

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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