Swedish indie-pop singer Lykke Li has used a lush, haunting soundtrack and video to announce the release of new album, I Never Learn, due out May 6th. After a few scenes of some white bell-bottomed legs walking barefoot through autumn leaves, Li’s familiar alto fades in to sing beautiful melodies about fallen stars and phantom lovers over strummed acoustic guitars and, later, orchestral strings. Although the clip is just under three minutes, it features only a few minutes of melancholic music before fading out again.
Li told NME last month that I Never Learn represents the third part in a trilogy that began with her debut, 2008’s Youth Novels, and continued with 2011’s Wounded Rhymes. She said that the album covers the “intense period” of being a 20-something female. “It’s always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman,” she said.
She also said that she hoped people took her more seriously – or maybe even tried to understand her at all before jumping to conclusions – with I Never Learn than with her past releases. “I always feel like I’ve been slightly misunderstood,” she said. “As a woman you get judged for appearances or things like that I don’t really care about. If anything I want to be seen as a singer-songwriter rather than a pop artist. I really feel like I’ve found my voice.”