Lykke Li covers “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce

You may remember that 1972 hit “Time in a Bottle” by Jim Croce. Swedish pop singer Lykke Li has just released a modernized version of the song.

The revamped version is quite a bit different from the original clean acoustic version, which has the folksy feel of its era, reminiscent of James Taylor.

Lykke Li’s version brings the song into the new millennium with the grungy vibes of a garage band. It’s BCBG’s meets Motown, hauntingly breezy with Li’s breathy vocals.

The 31-year-old singer is not well-known in the United States but has found success in Europe and Sweden with her albums “Youth Novels” and “Wounded Rhymes.” Li’s music can be defined as a mix of indie pop, dream pop, and electronic.

Born in Ystad to a photographer and a musician from the band Dag Vag, Li was able to explore the world from a young age, briefly living in Portugal, Morocco, Nepal, India, and New York City.

You may remember her best from Levi’s 2010 Curve ID campaign, where she posed alongside Pixie Geldof and Miss Nine.

Lykke Li Discography

Youth Novels

Li released her debut album Youth Novels in 2008, which was a classic representation of her soul style. It turned the heads of screen producers who would include from the album “Possibility” in the movie The Twilight Saga: New Moon. The album would win her Best Album at the European Border Breakers Awards in 2009.

Wounded Rhymes

This 2011 release found Li more musical exposure on the silver screen with credits to Hawaii Five-o, Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, and The Good Wife. The album earned Li a 2011 Swedish Grammy win for Best Album.

I Never Learn

This 2015 release would earn her a nomination for the Nordic Music Prizes Album of the Year. However, her most notable work is her hauntingly beautiful cover of Drake’s “Hold on, We’re Going Home”.

Lykke Li’s current plans include a spring tour of Europe beginning May 26.


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