When we interviewed Lyyke Li for our FADER 71 cover feature, she said she didn’t want to call the process of making her new album Wounded Rhymes therapy, that she saw a proper therapist for all that. But she said it was, “really painful start to the album. The whole process has been killing me. I haven’t been able to sleep. I’ve been manic, like waking up in the middle of the night like, It’s not good enough. It’s all very personal. Although I’ve been so busy and not having time, I just got involved in this really interesting situation—a love kind of thing—that I never expected. I always had the feeling, all my life, I’m always so brokenhearted… I’ve been working [for a year and a half] in my head and in my soul… I’m so fucking old and I’m so young. The way I think I should handle it is just to have a lot of fun. Like having a good laugh or having amazing fucking sex with somebody is worth more than a fucking health cleanse or therapy. So I’ve just been having fun instead, and now I’m feeling so much better. I’m back on track, ready to be destroyed again.”
Hear all the strange revisiting, belonging, annihilation and joy of Wounded Rhymes now. After the jump, see Lykke giving leather-Hamlet realness in the Spin’s Next Big Things 2011 spread.
Stream: Lykke Li’s Album Wounded Rhymes