Though Lykke Li announced a temporary hiatus from performing in January, the Swedish purveyor of heartbreaking indie pop couldn’t stay away for too long. Above, watch the artist crash and nearly burn in the video for “Never Gonna Love Again” before making her triumphant return to the stage for Coachella this month.
“Loneliness and heartbreak follow you everywhere and they are loudest right after the lights go out and the crowds quiet,” tells Li to Rolling Stone about the inspiration for the somber song and video. “Here’s an intimate glimpse of how it can be to live your dream whilst stuck in your dream. In the lonely wolf hour, the night becomes your stage, the stars your audience, the rain your memories.”
Following the release of I Never Learn in May last year, Li toured the globe with her sobering, confessional songs. For the North American leg in the fall, she had been joined by Mapei, a fellow Swedish pop artist who released her debut album, Hey Hey, in September. “It is insanely symbolic to me as she’s been my idol ever since I saw her the first time when I was 17,” said Li in a statement prior to their tour.
Li announced her live hiatus via an Instagram post. The singer revealed that she wanted to spend time focusing on her health so she could return to the stage stronger than before. Coachella will be her first performance since the announcement.
I Never Learn is out now via LL Recordings/Atlantic Records.