On the surface a TAN couldn't marry two more different artists: black, white. badu's fro to lykke's.... anti-fro. neo-soul and neo-swedish pop don't often spin at the same parties (though certainly now more than ever). But I think they're good examples of two artists who if thin-slicing on skin, hair, music aethetic reflect different worlds, but the heart of their music makes my heart skip a beat in the same way (aww). The artists, and I imagine their fans, live in different worlds but are likely kindred spirits.
Couple posts ago I went in on Erykah Badu. America's B-Boy Queen. No one else like her. GQ agrees.
This interview with The Vine has Lykke Li panting (just a little bit) at the end of a long tour. Very woe-is-me Artist Lament: my skin feels like stale crackers, agghh! the world sounds like my ears are clogged with truffle oil, grrm! (my translation). And the cliché of it all is funny, but it made me aware of my soft spot for
And so, possibly only for the convenience of this post, but I boiled down the components of her otherworldly presence in the Badu Guide to Live Dopeness as: her hip hop, her beauty, her 'individual quirky flair', her 'weird sexy non-sex thing', and ultimately all of that supports her just being an undeniably talented singer and songwriter.
And checking on some Lykke clips ? here we have a female soul artist who
covers a milli?
has a face that can hold down a video by itself
a personality with that little splash of irreverence, this bathroom joint for example:
which is like the b-side to the legendary black cab sessions single (hold your head):
(btw, who's jumping the bathroom freestyle/beatbox off asap?)
but yo... for both badu and lykke, you know they can sort of drop whatever diva-swag thing they might be doing and just flip it on the streets. no cab or nothing:
and of course at this point i shouldn't even include the "can i kick it?" cover, lest we combust, but combust we must...
really i'm I'm mostly posting this as a reference for my trip to sweden. no hablo ingles. i only speak lykke.
and those clips were from the first tour. and her second album has held serve...
ok... (also a myspace blog is the new artist integrity)
it's a leap. it's a lark. but with lykke li and badu can it be I <3 them for the same reasons? Can it be so simple?
I do know these cryptic self-help sirens need their own category or genre. they're not pin-ups like a rihanna or beyoncé. they're warmer. that's the 'weird sexy non-sexy' thing (maybe maternal without the mommy? but let's not get in my issues...)
So I don't know maybe now we wish for a Watch The Throne-style project? Dilla-esque music and Lykke w/ Erykah might be sick. or a live show Badu-Li from Sweden? in any event, you heard it here first.