WOW! When did Lykke Li go from being a little bit good with her quirky, coquettish early indie hit Dance Dance Dance to absolutely bloody amazing? Well, about now. Her Wall of Sound-aping new single Sadness Is A Blessing is not only a killer track in its own right - a big, stoic pop number with a haunting vocal performance - but its accompanying promo is something else. The film stars the inimitable Stellan Skarsgård (of Mamma Mia! and Pirates of the Caribbean fame) and is just as beautiful as the song. The effect on your eyes and ears is truly devastating. Unless anyone comes along and combines cats driving cars with some funky beats again, this might go unchallenged as my video of the year.
Sadness Is A Blessing by Lykke Li is released on May 16, 2011 by Atlantic Records/LL Recordings. She will play at Latitude in July and the Roundhouse in London on November 1.