While this album’s relentlessly downbeat nature may put some people off, the Swede’s restless willingness to experiment is to be admired For her fifth album, Lykke Li decided to take a somewhat dogmatic approach to recording. For EyEye, there was to be no click tracks, no digital instruments to be used, and all vocals should be recorded on a handheld drum mic. At first glance, it almost sounds like a musical version of fellow Scandinavian Lars Von Trier’s Dogme 95 manifesto.
EYEYE is an undeniably sad album, much akin to 2018's so sad so sexy, but this time there's no contrasting melody to balance out her sombre honesty; so the melancholy is allowed to forge ahead uninterrupted. The album is beautifully unrushed, and although there's not much diversity in the songs, it's an album that explores new edges of the same square. "HIGHWAY TO YOUR HEART" is the first song that feels universal, lifting us up just a little with its splashy, starry descending synths and repeating lyrics; "Spun around your side for so long / Thought maybe time would catch on".