Lykke Li Details Album ‘Eyeye’ After Dropping First Song in Two Years

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Hungary Sziget Festival - Credit: Balazs Mohai/MTI via AP
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UPDATE (3/24): On Friday, Lykke Li announced the release of her immersive audiovisual album Eyeye, out May 20. The LP will feature seven tracks — including her new single “No Hotel” — and with their accompanying visuals, the project will find Lykke Li telling a story about the cycles of love, addiction, relapse, and obsession.

“We wanted to capture the beauty and grandeur of a three-hour European arthouse movie while making something native to modern media,” Li said in a statement about the album’s visual element. “The intention is to deliver the full impact of a movie in sixty seconds on a phone screen, which is where most of our emotional experiences happen now anyway.”

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Li recorded Eyeye in her bedroom in Los Angeles, working alongside Björn Yttlink, who last worked with her on 2014’s I Never Learn. “I wanted the record to have the intimacy of listening to a voice memo on a macro dose of LSD,” Li added

In support of the LP, Li will head on a tour this fall with stops in seven cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto. A track list and tour dates are below.

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Lykke Li wants to rewind to when things were going well. On Wednesday, the Swedish pop star surprise-dropped her eerie ballad “No Hotel,” in which she reminisces about a past love — and longing for their return.

The melancholic track opens with the sound of a squeaky door hinge before Li sings in the opening verse: “There’s no hotel. No cigarettes. And you’re still in love with someone else.” She goes on to sing to a former flame, “take me back,” before later admitting, “With every step, I’m not over you.” The blue song wraps with the soft chirp of crickets.

Though Li released a 10th-anniversary edition of her album Wounded Rhymes last year, “No Hotel” is the singer’s first new release since dropping her first Swedish-language track “Bron” and a haunting cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” in 2020. Li’s most recent album, So Sad So Sexy — which featured tracks such as “Sex Money Feelings Die” and “Hard Rain” — arrived in 2018.

Back in 2019, Li collaborated with her friend Yola Jimenez to launch the mezcal brand, Yola, along with an accompanying festival.“ I definitely want to emphasize that this is a festival where we highlight women, but it’s not a festival for only women,” she told Rolling Stone at the time. “I think so much in the world now is about technology and disconnection, so [this is] just a place to be present.”

Eyeye Track List

1. “No Hotel”
2. “You Don’t Go Away”
3. “Highway to Your Heart”
4. “Happy Hurts”
5. “Carousel”
6. “4D”
7. “ü&i”

Lykke Li Tour Dates

September 26 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
September 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
September 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Theatre at Ace Hotel
October 3 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Fillmore Minneapolis
October 4 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
October 6 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
October 8 – New York, NY @ Apollo Theater

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