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Beyond the big names like Death Cab for Cutie, Muse and Thom Yorke on the “New Moon” soundtrack, there are plenty of unfamiliar artists with songs on the album. Swedish pop singer Lykke Li is lucky enough to get track four on the CD with her song “Possibility.” Be jealous of her: she admitted on her Myspace blog that she like director Chris Weitz’s brother Paul already got to see a cut of “New Moon” to inspire her to write a track for the album.
Like all the artists featured on the album, the song she recorded was unique to the film. But unlike the more established bands like The Killers and Bon Iver, Lykke has only been in the industry for about two years. Through sites like Myspace and YouTube, Lykke built up an audience in the United States when she made her second &8212; this time successful — trip across the Atlantic.
Last year MTV’s Kurt Loder did a “Rising Star” feature on Lykke Li. Lykke, then 22, said it was thanks to her popularity on Youtube that she had a chance to return to the US. “That’s what got me here. Like, I have an audience before I have a record.”
Lykke had made her first trip to overseas when she was 19, and she said she spent her time living in a coacroach-infested apartment in Brooklyn, learning English through improv classes and breaking out her singing career at open mic nights.
When her visa expired, she returned home to Stockholm where her father set her up with his old friend Björn Yttling of Peter Björn and John fame.
“He produced a lot of indie people — ‘I hate myself’ kind of music,” she said of her initial response to working with Björn. “I didn’t know about Peter Björn and John. But I needed somebody to record me. And then we met, and it was a perfect match.”
Together they released her first EP, Little Bit, which through the Internet became a hit. She has since released her first full length album, Youth Novels, in 2008. Yesterday, she wrote a post on Myspace about signing on for the “NM” soundtrack.
“I’m really proud of it and hope you will love it and need it. It’s kind of hard talking about it, cause it’s so open and obvious so my best tip is to actually listen to it when you get a chance. Lay down on a bed and just listen my love,” she said on her blog. “Love is a serious matter when it’s real. It’s blood and it’s death. But it’s also life, ain’t no other way around it.”