Episode 216: Lykke Li

“I Follow Rivers”

Lykke Li is a singer and songwriter from Sweden. She started releasing music in 2007, and for much of her career, she’s worked with producer Björn Yttling, who’s also a member of the Swedish band Peter Björn and John. Her second album, Wounded Rhymes, came out 10 years ago. It was named one of the best albums of 2011 by the New York Times, Pitchfork, The Guardian, and more, and it won the Swedish Grammy for Best Album. The song “I Follow Rivers” was the breakout hit from that album, and for this episode, Lykke and Bjorn break down how they made it, with help from co-writer Rick Nowels. I spoke to the two of them while they were at Björn’s studio, Ingrid Studios in Stockholm.

You can buy or stream “I Follow Rivers” here.

Illustration by Carlos Lerma.

footnotes
Lars Skoglund, drummer
John Eriksson, drummer
Wurlitzer, electric piano
Atlantis Studio
ABBA – “Dancing Queen”