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Lykke Li Discusses Singing On U2’s New Album

Band Posts Behind-the-Scenes Footage of Recording

Sep 12, 2014 Lykke Li
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Earlier this week U2 surprised everyone by releasing their brand new album Songs of Innocence for free to anyone with an iTunes account. Almost just as surprising was the fact that Lykke Li contributed vocals to the LP’s closing tack “The Troubles.” In an interview with Rolling Stone, Li talked about her contribution, explaining that producer Danger Mouse had invited her to sing on the track. Though recording her part in L.A. 18 months ago, she was later asked to re-record the part because the band had changed the key of the song.

During her second session, Bono himself was in attendance. “Bono was very kind,” said Li. “He was kind of like the quiet leader, instructing me how to sing in tune – which I usually don’t. Mostly, they let me do my own thing, but we tried different things like to whisper it to someone or to scream it to someone, but it was all about creating intimacy. We turned off all the music and sang only to the drums, so it was really getting to what the core of the song meant. I had a wonderful time.”

Revealing that Bono “referred to me as a ‘little voodoo child,’” Li added that the frontman “said I blew everyone out of the water.”

In other U2 news, in the wake of the album’s release, the band has posted a brief behind-the-scenes video capturing the making of the album on their Twitter account. Click here to watch.




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