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The British have always had a love affair with Scandi-cool; from modern Scandinavian furniture design to burly winter beards, which are now a staple part of hipster facial attire. It's therefore no surprise that we also lap up their musical exports. The sultry songstress, Lykke Li has been on the radar of most music aficionados for some time now, but with the release last week of her third studio album I Never Learn, she's set to make it into an increasing number of people's record collections.

Village Underground in Shoreditch provided an intimate space for Li to whirl through the majority of tracks from the new album, as well as giving her fans a taste of the crowd favourites from her back catalogue, including the up-tempo 'Little Bit' and the beautiful ballad 'I know Places'; the latter of which pulled at the heartstrings with its subtle melancholic beauty. Li doesn't shy away from laying her emotions bare for all to experience and the current album is rife with longing, loss and regret, following a break-up. "Don't leave me stranded, don't leave me alone," she sings on 'Heart of Steel'; her soft and fragile vocals emphasising the powerlessness that can be felt when a relationship is in a state of demise.

Through the first part of the set which included 'I Never Learn', 'Love Out Of Lust' and 'Just Like A Dream', Li's ability to connect with the crowd seemed hampered in some way. Her hazy vocals were layered by her backing band, but at times felt like they were far-away from the songstress because of the amount of reverb. The up-tempo tracks 'No Rest For The Wicked' and 'Jerome' enlivened the atmosphere somewhat, but Li identified the cause of the disconnection with the crowd as being the sea of mobile phones which were filming and photographing her every move. She politely asked the crowd to forget social networks and be present so she could sing to them. Although it took a few more songs for the crowd to shake off their technology withdrawal symptoms, this bold move on Li's part ultimately saved the gig as the audience became more engaged in the live experience; a thing that can be all too rare these days.

Lykke Li @ Village Underground, London 08/05/14

In addition to her songwriting ability, Li's talent lies in her capacity to deliver an energetic and emotive performance. Her jagged arm movements punctuate her lyrics and the vigour from both herself and her five-piece band help to elevate the performance of even the slower-paced tracks like 'Heart of Steel' and' Love Me Like I'm Not Made Of Stone'. I think that perhaps without peppering in the raunchier and rockier offerings of 'Rich Kid Blues' and 'Get Some' the gig would have had a flatter arc as her new album lacks the punch of its processors, but what it lacks in tempo it makes up for in heartfelt musings and luscious melodies. 'Gunshot' and 'No Rest For The Wicked' however, still retain an anthemic brashness and when delivered live Li evokes fellow strong female performers like PJ Harvey and Zola Jesus. At points Li picked up drumsticks and took the anger of the break-up out on the crashing symbols, using her strong demeanour as a contrast to her beautifully fragile voice.

Already the go-to bastion of youthful melancholic rumination for movie sound-track compliers, Li is choosing once again with this album to peddle her emotional wares, however I Never Learn does appear to be more mature of sound and has left behind some of the playfulness to be found on her past tracks. With that level of maturity showing, I'm thankful for the wise lesson she gave the audience to put away their phones and be more present in the moment. Due to both her boldness and talent this experience could therefore be truly enjoyed.

Lykke Li @ Village Underground, London 08/05/14

Lykke Li @ Village Underground, London 08/05/14

Lykke Li @ Village Underground, London 08/05/14