Watch Lykke Li's Elegiac 'No Rest for the Wicked' Video

Despite the wilting flowers in her video, Swedish singer and actor is no shrinking violet

Philip Sherburne WRITTEN BY
Philip Sherburne

Fresh from her acting debut in the Swedish crime thriller Tommy, Lykke Li has shared a new video for "No Rest for the Wicked," from her forthcoming album, I Never Learn.

The former cover star of SPIN's 2011 Next Big Things issue and current force of nature (what with the David Lynch collabs and the Drake co-signs) has promised that I Never Learn will be a collection of slow-burning power ballads, and "No Rest for the Wicked" and its nature morte video accompaniment certainly bear her out.

Over stately pianos, she rises to a chorus that scans as damn-near defeated — "There's no rest for the wicked / There's no song for the choir / There's no hope for the weary / You let them win without a fight" — but the reverberant production sounds gloriously defiant. Expect fields full of upstretched lighters when she plays this one come festival season — glimpsed through your tears, they'll look like starry skies.

I Never Learn, planned as the third in a trilogy with 2008's Youth Novels and 2011's Wounded Rhymes, is out May 5; watch the "Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone" here, and check out the trailer for Tommy below.


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