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Girls of Summer: Nordic Tracks

A group of Swedish singers, from Lykke Li to Fever Ray, are taking over the music scene.

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Lykke Li (aka Lykke Li Zachrisson)

Photo By Taufiq Hosen

With simple lyrics, catchy melodies and a knack for stagecraft not seen since the days of Abba, a flock of Swedish songbirds is kick-starting a new musical taste for all things Scandinavian. With musical styles ranging from Sixties revival to Eighties electro-pop — all sung in flawless English — these artists are flying up the charts at home and abroad.

Here, WWD provides a primer on the emerging stars.


Name: Lykke Li (aka Lykke Li Zachrisson)

Age: 23

Hometown: Ystad

About her: Named best-dressed by Swedish Elle, Lykke Li, who sports a signature hair bun and mixes Chanel and Louis Vuitton with vintage looks, released her debut album “Youth Novels” in 2008.

Hot track: “Little Bit”

Up next: A second album, slated for a 2010 release. She’s also touring the U.S. and Europe with shows set for Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago this summer.

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