The Swede pop chanteuse's Saturday evening set at the Google+ stage was an "extreme example of the huge bundle of contradictions that is the artistic persona of Lykke Li Zachrisson: vixen and naïf, pop star and eccentric, extroverted performer and self-doubting introvert,"wrote SPIN's Marc Hogan. She banged on cymbals and sang of her unstoppable ascent on "I'm Good, I'm Gone," from her standout 2008 debut albumYouth Novels, then sounded desperate on a cover of Burt Bacharach's "Please Stay." "Desperate to be loved, but equally desperate not to give her love away too cheaply, Lykke Li's immaculate Scandinavian electro-pop may be deep down, about howeverybodyfeels."
Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »