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3 Lovely Ladies You Should Get To Know: Lykke Li, Lissie, & La Roux

Updated on December 30, 2015

I love to share the gift of music with my fellow humans, and these lovely ladies that follow definitely know how to rock the mic. My musical tastes are diverse, so I can always find something out there in Musicland that deserves listening to.

Sit back, relax, and prepare to experience some of the best music the 21st century has to offer so far....

Lykke Li

Lykke Li, a Swedish singer-songwriter and soprano, was born Li Lykke Timotej Svensson Zachrisson in Ystad on March 16, 1986. Her music combines elements of pop, electronic, and indie rock, and uses a plethora of instruments including violins, cellos, trumpets, saxophones, and synthesizers.

Youth Novels, her debut album, was released in 2008, while her second album Wounded Rhymes was released in 2011. Many of her tracks have been included in a number of TV shows and films.

If you're familiar with the lovely Lykke Li at all, it is most likely due to her hit single Get Some, which is more about demonstrating power in a male dominated industry than about sexuality.

This Is My Time

"Because you’re a woman, the music industry puts you in another corner. I want to be fighting with the men. I want to be amongst the men, topless, throwing things." - Lykke Li

Her messages aren't always as heady as Get Some's lyrics suggest. She sings often of her love of dance, the seemingly endless search for love, and the youthful boredom we all wish we could relive. If you like what you've heard so far, then check out these phenomenal Lykke Li tracks:

...and my personal favorite below, I'm Good I'm Gone, which is also one of the smoothest music videos ever filmed! (Also, this Little Bit remix is worth checking out!)

Butter For My Piece Of Bun

Lykke Li released her third studio album I Never Learn on May 2, 2014. Before the official release, a remix of No Rest For The Wicked featuring ASAP Rocky was released and later appeared on a remix EP called No Rest For The Wicked.

Only Love Remains

Lissie

American folk artist Elisabeth Maurus, more commonly known by her stage name Lissie, was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois in 1982.

Her debut EP, Why You Runnin', was released in 2009 and her debut album, Catching a Tiger, was released in June of 2010 - and she's been touring ever since.

Her second single, When I'm Alone, was released alongside her album and would later be chosen by iTunes UK as the 2010 song of the year. If you've heard of Lissie before today, it's because of this single.

You Make Me Feel

Lissie's voice lends itself perfectly to folk music, but she has a much wider range. She's worked with Lenny Kravitz, and covered great artists like Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Fleetwood Mac.

After appearing on the Great British Songbook on August 31, 2010, Simon Mayo described the performance of her cover of Stairway to Heaven as "breathtaking." If you like When I'm Alone, you will surely love these quality Lissie tracks.

Released on October 8, 2013, Back To Forever marks Lissie's second studio album.

AllMusic gave the new album 4 out of 5 stars, writing:

"Lissie's strength is how she uses the past as foundation, not aspiration, and that's why Back to Forever is a lithe, unpredictable, and seductive collection of modern pop: it places equal emphasis on song and sound."

Sample the new album below, right now!

Does Anyone Love Anyone Anymore?

La Roux

French for "the red," La Roux are an English electropop duo made up of singer, keyboardist, co-writer and co-producer Elly Jackson, and co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid.

Jackson describes their relationship as "very much a half and half sharing situation... not like a singer producer outfit," but also recognizes that due to her prominence, it may "look like a solo act," according to Wikipedia.

La Roux's second single, In For The Kill, starts off their self-titled album with a bang, and paves the way for a fantastic disc full of electropop delights.

Let's Be Cold To Create Heat

Skrillex would later remix In For The Kill, thus helping La Roux find their way into the headphones and speakers of new fans across the world.

However, it was the Bulletproof single that would help cement La Roux's elite status in America. It was released on August 11, 2009, and topped the Hot Dance Club Songs chart the week of September 17 - in addition to getting massive playtime on radio stations across the world.

There are plenty of other fantastic La Roux tracks worth giving a listen, like....

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La Roux's second studio album, Trouble in Paradise, was released on July 21, 2014. Give the album's first single a listen below!

Let Me Down Gently

All three of these lovely ladies are worth spending some time with - keep an eye out for their new albums, because these talented artists will be around for years to come.

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      Lybrah 2 years ago

      Yeah! We are definitely on the same page as far as music is concerned. Love Lykke Li and La Roux!

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      Joshua Patrick 2 years ago from Texas

      New albums from Lykke Li and Lissie inside - and La Roux's new album will be released very soon. Enjoy, everyone!

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      tirelesstraveler - Always happy to share with my fellow music lovers. It's about time for me to write up another one of these, as I have stumbled across some more artists that I really dig.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Always looking to learn, you have done a nice job of bringing these ladies to life. I was familiar with La Roux, but neither of the others.

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      Joshua Patrick 3 years ago from Texas

      Heather Says - If you like synthpop, you should definitely check out Ra Ra Riot's latest album, Beta Love. Specifically: I Shut Off (awesome synth solo), Binary Mind, Beta Love, and Dance With Me - but the whole album is pretty smooth, so you can't really go wrong with any of it.

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      Heather Rode 3 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

      I love La Roux-- probably because I was born to be a sucker for synth pop. I had her "Bulletproof" song as a ringtone forever. I was managing a Gamestop when her song "In for the Kill" was used in a Bayonetta trailer and it played every five minutes in my store during business hours. Sadly, I can't stand that song and associate it with wanting to poke my eyes out, but still love her otherwise.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      Christy & KDuBarry03 - I have been rocking these three musical acts for a while now, so they have definitely passed the test of time. Lissie is indeed a soulful artists and her music is full of raw emotion and pure talent. Glad I could share this with all of you, and thanks for sharing with everyone else!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I definitely heard "Get Some" before, but now I know the name of the artist! Lykke Li definitely has a very interesting and catchy voice. I never heard of Lissie up until now. I listened to the song you provided and you can definitely feel the emotion in the lyrics! The opening reminds me of a sad woman trying to find her way through the unknown.

      Thank you for introducing me to another great artist! I didn't comment on La Roux because I'm already a fan of them lol

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like the sound of Lissie the best of the tracks here. I had not heard of any of these ladies prior to reading your hub. Thanks for the intro! I am sharing this one; music has a great way of elevating my spirit.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      epigramman, I'm so glad you found some new music to enjoy. I recently created a Facebook account (link is in my profile, or just search my name) and I am happy to join any/all FB groups!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      ...I will post this most wonderful world class hub madly and gladly to my FB group with a direct link back here called - Let's just talk music or cinema - in which you are invited to join.

      In the Lykke Li video (which was my favorite) I was expecting David Lynch, Dean Stockwell, and Dennis Hopper to jump out of nowhere. lol

      Like the 'Lord' said above - I also love your taste in music and video as an art form - thank you for this enlightenment and introduction because I have never heard of anyone on your page before but now I am a big fan ...... and now a big fan of your hubs too because you rock big time!!!! lake erie time ontario canada 2:05am listening to some hot jazz under a fading full moon and some Guinness beers ....

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      @teaches12345 - I'm glad I was able to expand your musical horizon, and thanks for stopping by!

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      @rebeccamealy - Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you found some new music to enjoy!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I have not heard of these music performers/artists, but then I am somewhat of a dinosaur when it comes to new trends. Interesting post and always good to get an education on new music.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      There is so much good music out there to discover! Thanks for sharing this.

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      Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

      lord de cross, I'm glad you enjoyed it, as I love sharing my favorite music with fellow music lovers. Also, La Roux's main source of inspiration is 80s music!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Go for the Juggler, your taste is great. Honestly, haven't heard of them. We grew up with 80's music. I don't blame you, we are 19 years older than you. Thanks for giving them a shot in here. Interesting new generations!

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